During the 25th annual Robert Woolery Sr. Memorial Pow Wow hosted on the Missouri State Fairgrounds, John Reyes, right, of Raytown, dances in a dance opened to all veterans during the Gourd Dance Saturday afternoon. Reyes said he is of the Apache/Yaqui Tribes and would also be participating in the Inter-Tribal Dance later in the afternoon.
Robert Woolery Jr., left, and his nephew by marriage, David Autry, of Desoto, dressed as a grass dancer, greet Nathan Hooton, of Sedalia, Saturday afternoon at the annual Pow Wow event. Autry said he met his wife, Lisa Hill, 15 years ago to the day at the Robert Woolery Sr. Memorial Pow Wow. Autry is of the Creek Tribe. Hooton said he is of the Cowlitz Tribe, native to Washington State. He added that he would be dancing later with his son Will Hooton, 13.
Vic Vaughan, of Springfield, participates in the last Gourd Dance of the afternoon on Saturday. The Gourd Dance is a warrior dance he explained. Vaughan, who is a vocalist and guitarist, said he is of the Cherokee-Tsalagi and Pamunkey and Nottoway Tribes.
Nathan Hooton, second from left, of Sedalia, dances in the Round Dance Saturday afternoon in the Ag Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds during the 25th annual Pow Wow. Hooton’s son, Will, is dancing on his right. Emcee Robert Woolery Jr. explained that the Round Dance is a social dance.
A roach headdress exemplifies Native American culture at the 25th annual Robert Woolery Sr. Memorial Pow Wow on Saturday. The three day event featured Native American dances for both men and women plus vendors inside and outside the Ag Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.