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Ethete Celebration Pow-wow honors two special people, missed in the Native American Coummunity.

J.R. McCabe remembered for his pow-wow adventures as a son, a father, a brother, and a friend, was honored this weekend during the 2016 Ethete Celebration Pow-wow.

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J.R. McCabe had friends from all directions in Indian Country, from different areas, different reservations, and different tribes. He sung upon many different drum groups such as Sage Point, the Black Bull Jr’s, and Arapaho Nation.

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A resident of the Wind River Reservation, J.R. travelled the pow-wow trail as a grass dancer, and had his own unique style of dance. He was in attendance at practically every powwow whenever he could. J.R. was diagnosed with cancer and over time he won the battle, but shortly after, his heart grew tired, and he stayed as long as he could, before taking his last breath one year ago.

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The Ethete Celebration is one of the Northern Arapaho Pow-wow celebrations, held in Ethete, Wyoming. Particularly special this year to J.R McCabe’s family and friends, you see, all year they have been working hard, raising money and gifts through donations, food sales, and concessions. They reached their goal to have a Grass Dance special that invited in the best Grass Dance Performances from all over Indian Country, such as dance winner: Slik Nez, from Bloomfield New Mexico.

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Also honored at the 2016 Ethete Celebration was Helena Armajo Crispin Cedartree. Born in 1912. Gone for seven years now, Helen Cedartree’s family honored her memory by having a Golden Age Traditional Special.

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The helpers and organizers who helped put these honorary specials together, deserve a standing ovation and a round of applause. A lot of hard work and time went into these special events. Overall, it was another great year for the Ethete Celebration Pow-wow which is held every year in July.

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