2017 La Ka Lel Be Nevada Day Powwow in Carson City a ‘great success’
CARSON CITY, Nev. — The 38th annual La Ka Lel Be Powwow took place Oct. 27-29 at the Multi-Purpose Athletic Center (MAC) in Carson City as part of the community’s Nevada Day weekend activities.
Translated to English, the La Ka Lel Be Powwow means, “The People’s Gathering.” The three-day-long event served as a celebration of song and dance and included traditional gambling hand games, a horseshoe tournament and food and craft booths, among other features.
Martin Montgomery, La Ka Lel Be Committee Chairman, said the event was a “great success,” especially considering it switched locations this year to take place at the MAC.
“Over the course of the 3-day event, I heard only positive comments from both local and visiting participants,” Montgomery said in an email to First Nation’s Focus. “The new location provides triple the space for growth, vendor spaces and alleviates overcrowding. The new venue also provides areas for the Hand Game and Horse Shoe tournaments and food vendors to be within a few short steps each other.”
Montgomery said he and the committee are looking to add a one-pitch softball tournament and 3-on-3 basketball tournament for next year’s event.
“We are also including the idea of doing some spotlight dance specials inside the facility and some better lighting for the food vending area,” he said. “We really want to make this event the highlight or gem of the Nevada Day weekend experience.
“… We hope that we can strengthen the business relationship between more businesses in Carson City and would like to continue to create an event that all participants, attendees and membership have a sense of pride in. We also want to continue to promote and present our state’s many ethnicities and cultures. We look forward to seeing you at next year’s celebration!”
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