Powwow seeks to bring all together

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

The 49th annual Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe powwow begins tonight at the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School and powwow grounds and will continue through the weekend.

The grand entry for each day will take place at 7 p.m. tonight, 11 a.m. tomorrow and 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The powwow, the oldest continuous powwow in North Carolina, will feature social and competitive dancing, singing, native arts and crafts, and food.

Master of ceremony will be Keith Colston of the Lumbee/Tuscarora tribe.

The host drum is Stoney Creek.

Dancers and singers will compete for more than $15,000 in prize money in categories that include competitions for adults, teens, juniors and tiny tots, with separate competitions for males and females. Golden age special competitions are open for men and women age 62 years old and older.

Much of Native American culture centers around the drum, so it is no surprise that the largest prizes will be awarded in the drum contest. The first prize winner will receive $2,000.

The Haliwa-Saponi dancers and singers will be joined by members of tribes from throughout the Southeast.

Native American crafts available for sale will include turquoise jewelry, moccasins, beadwork, rugs, books, paintings, dreamcatchers and more.

Admission is free for children 6 years of age and under. Tickets are $8 for people ages 7 to 61 and $7 for those over age 62.

The public is invited to share the celebration with the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe members.

For more information, call contact Archie Lynch at (252) 586-4017 or Sharon Berrun at (252) 257-9195.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.