Basu: Challenges are many for Native Americans
Stephanie Snow and Marisa Cummings are getting ready to dance at the 99th annual Meskwaki Powwow near Tama. Snow’s long hair, usually loose, is braided and decorated, and she is unpacking some items of memory and meaning to accompany her: An old silver brooch from her grandfather. An ornately beaded purse. A pair of distinctively Meskwaki-style moccasins. Cummings’ moccasins are typical of the Omaha Tribe from which she descended. She pushes some sage into them.“For protection,” she explains. Sage has special powers.