POSTED: Saturday, August 10, 2013 - 10:54pm
UPDATED: Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 11:08am
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — A special festival took place Friday and Saturday here in East Texas, the first annual Great Texas Native American Powwow.
"You feel this lump in your throat and you can't swallow it and you can't cough it up," said Fabian Galvan. "But it brings tears."
For some, the powwow meant a great deal.
"It's part of us," Galvan said. "It has always been there and hopefully it always will be."
Galvan drove nine hours from Lubbock to take part in the event.
I was told a powwow is a celebration of spirit and culture. And the culture was especially radiant in the delicate crafts and jewelry displayed around the room.
For Leo Jordan Jr. coming to the powwow was not about making a profit.
"We get to come and show our talent and crafts that we have been handed down."
It was about sharing the spirit and the history.
"It's a tradition that we have kept for centuries."
A tradition the event organizers hope people continue to bring for years to come.
"I hope it goes on for many years to come," said George Jones, event organizer.