Local youths dance in Native American powwows

Three New Bloomfield teens have chosen to dance to the beat of a different drum — a Native American one.

Ethan Viet and Joe and Mikel Thompson all participate in Native American-style powwow dancing around the state. They are a part of Venturing, a youth development program within the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women, ages 13-21. Their local club, Venture Crew 3428, focuses on powwow dancing and includes members from Mexico, Columbia, Jefferson City and California.

All three teens attend New Bloomfield High School and perform their special dances for area Cub Scouts, in powwow circuits around the state and for other various events. The boys said February through April is their busiest time for performances.

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