Photos: Powwow season kicks off in Minneapolis

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1 Patrick LeGarde entertains his daughter Zhoomii at the sixth annual Augsburg College Traditional Powwow on March 29, 2014, in Minneapolis, Minn. 
2 Dennis DeBungie changes into his powwow attire in the gym locker room at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. He says his family is on the "powwow trail," participating in a powwow nearly every weekend. 
3 Young dancers help each other with some last-minute primping before their performances on March 29, 2014. 
4 Throughout the day and into the evening, dancers execute everything from the Fancy Shawl Dance to the Jingle Dance. 
5 Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn., hosts its sixth annual powwow on March 29, 2014, welcoming dancers from across the Midwest. 
6 Dancers young and old hit the center circle of the dance arena at a traditional powwow in Minneapolis, Minn. 
7 American Indians come together on March 29, 2104, for dancing, singing and celebrating. 
8 Drums are the central unifying feature of modern powwows. It's said the drum carries the heartbeat of American Indian communities. 
9 Sorin Red Sky Mountain, lollipop in hand, sports a beaded version of an icon from the Angry Birds video game. 
10 Partner dances are an integral part of the powwow. They can also be a little nerve-wracking. For some, it's their first time dancing hand in hand with the opposite sex. 
11 The Augsburg College Traditional Powwow is an intertribal celebration. 
12 The celebration is a blur of feathers, bells and elaborate clothing. 
13 Adrian Ellis brings his love of the Minnesota Vikings to the powwow on March 29, 2014. 
14 American Indians in the powwow community start learning traditional dances as young children. 
15 Powwows allow children to celebrate their American Indian heritage. For some, they're also a rite of passage. 
16 A young dancer grabs a little alone time after a long day of dancing.