Haliwa-Saponi powwow starts Friday

Apr. 17, 2013 @ 06:15 PM

The Haliwa-Saponi Tribe will hold its annual powwow this weekend at the grounds behind the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School in Hollister.

The event will feature dancers, drummers and singers as well as American Indian crafts and food. Keith Colston will serve as master of ceremonies.

Also participating will be Head Judge Howard Richardson and Area Director Reggie Lynch.

Drumming and dancing will be provided by host drum Stoney Creek.

Dance competitions will be held for different age categories from Tiny Tots (age 6 and under) to Golden Age (62 and older).

Head dancers include:

• Dwayne Harris, head male dancer.

• Consuela Richardson, head female dancer.

• Deandre Lynch, junior head male dancer.

• Karissa Wilson, junior head female dancer.

Wilson is the 2012-2013 Miss Haliwa-Saponi Princess.

The following tribal artists will be featured:

• Arnold Richardson, flutist.

• Alvin Richardson, carver.

• Henry Lynch, carver.

• Senora Lynch, potter.

• Karen Harley, artist.

• Brian Lynch, silversmith.

This year’s powwow will include a tribute to Faith Hedgepeth, a member of the tribe who was killed in Chapel Hill last year. Her murder is still unsolved.

The powwow will begin with the grand entry at 7 p.m. on Friday. The celebration will continue through Sunday afternoon.

The cost of admission is $8 for ages 7 through 61 and $7 for ages 62 and above. Children under 7 will be admitted free.

The first Haliwa-Saponi powwow was held in 1965 to celebrate the tribe’s official recognition by the state of North Carolina. Held the third weekend in April each year, the powwow celebrates the traditions and values of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe and of American Indians in general.

The powwow is sponsored by the Halifax Arts Council, Halifax County Tourism and the N.C. Arts Council.


Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.