Central Missouri Native Americans Gather in Boonville to Celebrate Culture | Local

The Harvest Moon Pow Wow returned to Boonville on Saturday for the first time since a two-year sabbatical brought on by COVID-19.

For many who attend powwows, “the world doesn’t matter, the weather doesn’t matter for a little while; you can take a break and enjoy your family,” said Myrietta Esau, public relations manager for Young Bucks and a member of the Hopi-Nation tribe.

Dr. Red Hawk Bethany Lessard pearls in her vendor booth Saturday at the Cooper County Fairgrounds in Boonville. Lessard is a seventh generation pearler and has been pearling for 40 years. His motto is: “You can’t sell it if you don’t.” She said she “can start a new play and never know what it is until you’ve done half of it.”

Emaila Santiago admires products from a stand

Emaila Santiago, 4, admires the products at a booth Saturday with Sean Riddell at the Cooper County Fair Grounds in Boonville. Riddell thought he had Cherokee ancestry until a DNA test revealed otherwise, but he still celebrates the culture.

Music and dance

8th Annual Harvest Moon Intertribal Pow-Pow

Attendees of the eighth annual Harvest Moon Intertribal Pow Pow watch the gourd dance Saturday at the Cooper County Fairgrounds Center in Boonville. Preparations for the powwow took place year-round and included dancing, drumming, vendors, and a celebration of Aboriginal culture.

Nohemi M. Moore