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Different tribes have differing customs, reflecting the variety of geographic settings, natural resources, and life activities in diverse areas of North America. As tribal members have become scattered instead of living in one concentrated area, the need for reunion-types of activities that allow members of a particular tribe to come back together to share in their common cultural heritage have become important. Such events, usually known as powwows, encourage members of the tribe to preserve the music, art, dance, foods, language, clothing, and other aspects of their culture by teaching the youngsters about these topics; by sharing demonstrations of related activities with members of other tribes and with the public; and by promoting unity and pride of heritage within members of the tribe.
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