Annual Meskwaki Powwow underway at settlement near Tama

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TAMA COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The sounds of history will come alive this weekend as the Meskwaki nation holds its annual Powwow.

The 104th annual event kicked off Thursday on the settlement in Tama County.

Several sessions will take place through the weekend for people to get a look and taste of the Meskwaki culture.

Not only will people get to see unique singing and dancing, but they can also enjoy food, arts and crafts, and get a chance to learn about the Meskwaki history. The sessions include songs sung for decades and special dances.

Organizers say this is an end of the summer celebration.

"This is a great event that the whole community looks forward to every single year. Everyone likes to get their regalia ready, and some of them do camping through the night," said Quincy Grittman

The Powwow runs through Sunday with daily sessions at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

Organizers expect thousands of people from across the region to attend the Powwow.