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Native American custom honors Perry & Sons

Art Perry of George Perry & Sons in Manteca shows off the Native American painting presented by the Three Rivers Lodge.

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POSTED July 10, 2013 1:40 a.m.

One of the traditions Native Americans hold dear is honoring those who have shown them kindness and generosity.

That is manifested every year when the Three Rivers Lodge in Manteca holds its Fourth of July Powwow. Among those who have been previously honored were veterans, not only those in the Native American culture but those in the community as well. This year, the honor was bestowed to the family of George Perry & Sons.

“That’s our custom, our tradition. We honor the people who help us; we recognize their generosity,” explained Three Rivers Lodge executive director Ramona Valadez.

The gift is a poster-sized framed Native American painting. Valadez and some members of her staff presented the gift to Art Perry at the offices of Perry & Sons in downtown Manteca.

“We were hoping to keep (the gift) a surprise and have them come here (to the powwow) for the presentation,” said Valadez. But they were unable to work out the necessary logistics for that to happen, she said.

“We presented the gift in appreciation of the many years of Perry & Sons’ generosity to our organization. Their gift each year helps us to feed all the people who come here” to attend the annual Fourth of July Powwow, said Valadez.

The watermelons from Perry & Sons are distributed to all powwow guests along with the traditional Native American food that Three Rivers volunteers prepare.

“They give us as much as we want, but we only take what we need,” Valadez said.

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