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BOISE -- One of Boise State's signature events, the Seven Arrows Powwow, came to a close Sunday.

This was the 20th annual Powwow, where Native American culture and heritage is celebrated with dance and drum competitions, demonstrations, and storytelling.

Vendors were also on-hand, showcasing traditional crafts and artwork.

Organizers say this year they are collaborating because they dont want the tradition to die.

Culturally its super important because native people have been in the boise valley since the begining of time basically and we have several differnt tribes and getting everyone together brings us together and solitifies what we are about, said Carmen Runner, president of the Powwow Association.

This year's powwow also offered a dialogue room for the Native American community to discuss important issues like social barriers and the pursuit of higher education.

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