By the banks of the Red River, across from the Port Royal State Historical Site, an Intertribal Powwow took place in Clarksville this past week, including drumming, dancing and drug-free information.
Hosted by Clarksville’s Native Cultural Circle, the annual Clarksville Area Intertribal Powwow is presented every year at the Powwow Grounds on Port Royal Road, across the Red River from the Port Royal State Historical Site and Ranger Station. This year, a new element was introduced with Drug-Free South handing out over 1000 booklets on the Truth About Drugs. “The celebration was so beautiful and we were glad to be part of it,” says a volunteer with Drug-Free South.
Drug-Free South is a chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World, based in Los Angeles, California, which provides educational tools to help students learn the truth about drugs. The Foundation provides a booklet which covers common street names of drugs, short and long term effects as well as myths that a dealer might say to make the sale. It also provides an in-depth documentary of former users telling their story and an entire educational curriculum to help students understand what drugs really are.
Drug-Free South distributed 1,000 booklets to those attending the Intertribal Powwow.
“Everyone deserves to know the truth,” says a volunteer, “when someone learns what will really happen to them they are much less likely to experiment with something harmful.”