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California Dance Group Performs at Powwow

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People from all across the world are in Bismarck this weekend for the 44th annual United Tribes International Powwow.

In addition to all the vendors and grand entry performances, a traditional Aztec dance group will most likely be the main attraction this year.

<<Each year people from many different Native American communities across the globe come to Bismarck.

Xplendor Azteca "Xipetotec" is a cultural exchange dance group from California, one of the highlights of this year's Powwow.

"We're dancing with our brothers, Indian brothers from America, and also we share the same culture of the Aztec people in Mexico, we pray for the same creator," Dance Leader Gerardo Salinas said.

This is Gerardo Salinas' third appearance at the United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck is just one the many places this dance group performs.

"Yeah we've been almost all over the United States, Mississippi, New York, Miami, Portland, Seattle, L.A," Salinas said.

Christina Gil is one of the dance members and says she feels fortunate to be invited to the Powwow.

"I think it's a privilege or a blessing because we are very traditional dancers of Native Americans and we're very proud to be part of that," Christina Gil said.

The group performs many different dances for different elements of life.

"We dance for the wind, the rain, for mother earth, for the sun and each dance is a different steps to dance the way we dance," Salinas said.

And this weekend their dancing will take center stage.

If you'd like to see the group dance, they're performing tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Lone Star Arena on the United Tribes campus.

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