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Posted: Saturday, June 18, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 10:20 am, Mon Jun 20, 2011.

The Lodi-area Red Circle group is presenting its annual Father's Day Powwow on Sunday at Oak Grove Regional Park. With traditional dances, authentic music and activities for every generation, the group hopes to both preserve Native American culture and celebrate local fathers.

Leonard Robles, Lodi resident and member of Red Circle, says powwows give old friends and family a chance to gather.

"People come together and reminisce over old times and times growing up," he said.

A lot of the tribe members have separated over the years, and many Native Americans are coming from around California and even South Dakota to attend the event.

Sunday's Powwow will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Oak Grove Regional Park on Eight Mile Road. There will be a special gourd and healing dance by Steve Bojorques at 11 a.m. and a grand entry at noon.

Throughout the day, there will be performances by peopled dressed in traditional Native American garb, and everyone from toddlers to seniors will be able to participate in a dance contest.

In addition to Native American jewelry, arts and crafts, there will also be good food. The fried tacos are the most popular Native American dish. They include ground beef, refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes and salsa inside of a fried flat bread. They'll also have other summer favorites, like hot dogs and snow cones.

Robles and Red Circle started the Father's Day Powwow last year to honor fathers of all ethnic groups. At the event, each father will be given a stick of sage, which is meant as a blessing.

More than 1,000 people attended the group's first Powwow last year, and Robles hopes more will make it out to Sunday's gathering.

"A lot of people are looking forward to it," Robles said.

Contact Lodi Living editor Lauren Nelson at laurenn@lodinews.com.

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