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It's spring festival and pow-wow time for the Occaneechi band of the Saponi Nation, and that means two days of singing, dancing, food, and arts and crafts at the powwow grounds just off Margaret Lane in Hillsborough.

Recent powwows have been of special significance because the Occaneechi-Saponi, who made the banks of the Eno their home long before Hillsborough was founded, recently won a long-fought battle for recognition from the state. This year, the emphasis on exploring the history and culture of the band continues with exhibits and displays of traditional dances, music and culture.

The powwow starts Friday, June 11 at 6 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. On Saturday, events run from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admission is $4, $2 for seniors and children under 12. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on, and free parking is available off Margaret Lane, adjacent to the powwow site. Proceeds from the powwow go in part to assist with the Occaneechi new tribal center project. For further information, contact the Tribal Office at 304-3723.

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