The rhythm of drums filled the air. The smell of burning sage cleansed the spirits. The sacred circle had been blessed.
The fifth annual Lodi All Nations Pow-Wow began with a ceremony honoring their veterans with dance and song.
As Native Americans danced in their ornate regalia, the drumming groups, Spirit Ground and Willow Creek, beat the cadence in which they moved.
Dancers from all over the state and beyond came to celebrate the heritage they share.
Vendors sold their wares, from shirts to jewelry and even wooden instruments.
Visitors enjoyed Indian tacos, Indian dogs and fry bread.
With Lodi Lake as their backdrop, the dancers seemed to float over the ground, spectators watching in awe of the majesty.
Bells on children's dress jingled noisily as they ran here and there.
Bells and shells attached to the feet jangled to the rhythm of the dancers, swaying and dipping their bodies, ribbons dancing with them.
And all the while the drum beat played on.
Comments about this story? Send mail to the News-Sentinel newsroom.
To subscribe to the Lodi News-Sentinel, fill out our online form or call our Subscriber Services Department at (209) 333-1400.