Column: Oklahoma powwows doused with rain

"Indian powwows have to dance around the demands of storms and soggy venues.

Buckets of rain turned into barrels of rain earlier this summer.

Some old-timers were saying they couldn't remember when it rained so much.

The rain was a welcome relief, then a hassle.

Particularly in Indian Country, because the early summer months are considered powwow season.

A good powwow usually has three elements, good dancers, a good drum and a dry, summer venue.

Across the state, a dry venue was a rare commodity, with many annual events being reconstructed.

Across Indian Country, whether the ground is dry or not, the dance goes on."

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