WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — The Native American Indian Education Program and Wichita Public Schools hosted a School’s Out Powwow Saturday at the Mid-America All-Indian Museum. The event was free and open to the public.

Dal Domebo, the director of USD 259 Title VI Native American Indian Education Program, told KSN News the powwow is held to help pass down a significant part of the culture to the next generation.

“We were taught as a youth to pass everything down, pass our customs and our traditions down to the next set of generations so that our customs and traditions will keep moving forward,” Domebo said.

The students participated in the powwow by sitting side by side with elders in the community.

“They are the MCs. They are the arena directors. They are the singers. We have native students that are part of the JROTC program dressed out. They bring in the colors. They’ll bring in the colors during grand entry,” Domebo said.

Domebo says the powwow is not just about the kids. He hopes people of all ages and cultures can appreciate the Native American cultural influences across Kansas.