Seven-year-old Bear performs a traditional Native American dance with his father Drew “Running Bear” McKnight Saturday, July 7 during the Monroe Powwow at the Hannibal Locks and Dam.A young dancer’s tassels swing in the breeze as she dances to the rhythm of the drumming during the Monroe Powwow Saturday, July 7 at the Hannibal Locks and Dam.Dressing in full regalia, dancers take part in activities during the Monroe Powwow Saturday, July 7 at the Hannibal Locks and Dam.A drum circle provides the rhythm during the Monroe Powwow Saturday, July 7 at the Hannibal Locks and Dam.

Sharing a heritage and spirit

Annual Monroe Powwow celebrates Native American culture, traditions

Seven-year-old Bear followed his father around, mimicking his every move during the “sneak-up,” Saturday, July 7 during the Monroe Powwow at the Hannibal Locks and Dam.

Every move Drew “Running Bear” McKnight made, Bear was right behind doing the same thing.

If Running Bear, dressed in full regalia, raised the feathers in his right hand, Bear, dressed like a miniature version of his father, did the same.

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