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ressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, Sept, 26, 2001 1B m rm 0 Arts & Entertainment Opinion & Perspective 0 Letters to the Editor Vitals in me BE m Higz e Editor Leagle sat, unnoticed at high above the High School foot- field, where Native and visitors gath- the opening ceremo- Northern Sierra In- powwow Saturday, 16. Cunningham, a at the event, saw the sitting there looking onto the field during entry of the eagle and flags of country, le- war. still, the eagle the eagle staff in- .' arena that was blessed was Leonard Buns- the Oregon Warms tribe. the color the U.S. flag was John Jeremku, of In- Valley. the black flag in of prisoners of those who are forev- in action was Ja- a Paiute from Hun- Nev. carrying the Indian American Legion flag 568 was John Smith, local Mountain Maidu. and Feather, the !southern drum singers, playing the grand entry song once the proces- sion of veterans and Indian royalty stood in ranks behind the flags Host Northern Drum Screaming Eagle immediate- ly filled the silence with a crescendo of drum voices in the Flag and Victory Song. Toward the end, staff and flags were presented to mas- ter of ceremonies Gridley Hilpert and American Legion Commander Tommy Merino, beth Mountain Maidu. And still, the eagle watched. Throughout Merino's invo- cation, when he asked for a moment of silent prayer in memory of those who died in the "Attack on America" Tuesday, Sept. 11, and throughout all of the intro- ductions that followed, the eagle watched. Several visiting members of royalty were introduced, including the Duck Valley 2001 Fourth of July PowWow Princess Jennifer Fragua, of Fallon, Nev. Other drum singers intro- duced were Medicine Heart, Northern Eagle and the Wocus Bay Nations Singers. And finally, at the end of the line of introductions, was Catherine Merino, Tommy's granddaughter and the first Mountain Maidu girl to have her coming-out dance during the powwow in Greenville. And the eagle flew. that seemed to come from be- while Hilpert announced its Hunodim Yamani, the moun- Hilpert stepped out from hind the clouds in just that presence to the dancers and tain top that overlooks Hun- under the pavilion in time to moment, drummers odim Momdani, or Round see it rising into rays of glory The eagle circled twice Then it flew off toward Valley Lake Reservoir. J .!., Dancers came from many t ibes, each with their own style of ess. of the Screaming Eagle host northern drum singers. F were honored to be Photos by Alicia Higbee .,,J, :, I 1 of honor and courage, the eagle the edge of the dancing arena. staff and the stood shh by- Even young children, like Gilbert JaeAson Jr., dressed to oompete in traditional and mmy wnh w red ease fwthers on thor Wh e are consMer to be very special to some.