The age-old Native American pow wow, a gathering of old friends and new acquaintances, is a time of spiritual renewal and to showcase the dances and traditions of generations passed. This year, a pow wow in its 16th year, is coming to the Bert Wood Youth Sports Complex on October 11 and 12, 2014.
Jerry Stroup, event organizer, commented on the fact that it hasn’t been the easiest time getting to where the event is now. He had said that bad weather – such as rain, heat, and snow – hasn’t stopped a pow wow yet, or people from spending such a peaceful time with them.
The event has been such a success in recent years, that Stroup was also proud to announce people from all walks now include it in their annual planning. “People have gotten married here, have brought their children here for ceremonies,” Stroup said.
This pow wow, much like that of others around the county, includes a ceremonial grand entry, and several dance portions. “The dance portions are pretty much the same,” Stroup stated. “Traditionally, elders come to the circle. They spread herbs around the circle, they say prayers around the circle to cleanse it. Once cleansed, it becomes our church.”
Photography is permitted, however, to recognize religious beliefs, it may not be used during the grand entry.
If you are up for a spiritual renewal, the event costs $5.00 per car, or $1.00 per person at the gate the day of. The ceremony starts at 12 noon both days.