Spruce Pine Pow Wow Sept. 10-12
The Indians are on their way to the fifth annual Spruce Pine Pow Wow in Spruce Pine from Sept. 10 to 12.
"This is an educational event so there will be something interesting going on all day," a spokesperson said. "Friday is Kids Day and we expect excellent participation by the schools. They will be asked to dance with the head man and head lady. The boys will learn the 'stealth of the warrior,' and the girls will learn the 'grace and dignity' of a traditional lady dancer."
Other dances include the Crow Hop, Buffalo Dance and Snake Dance, and even teachers are asked to participate. "And, when the emcee says, 'Intertribal,' that means you, too," the spokesperson said.
The event promises a day full of activities, including dancing, drumming, singing, storytelling, flint-knapping, gourd-carving, handmade-craft vendors, a teepee, flute and contemporary music.
Dave Trzeciak serves as emcee, and is a Native American Music Award nominee who will be performing flute and guitar each day.
The head man and head lady are Burke Lemons and Brenda Bowlin.
"They have beautiful regalia for you to enjoy," the spokesperson said. "Come and let them teach you how to dance. Everyone is encouraged to participate."
The location is just south of Spruce Pine on N.C. 226 South, behind Music, Jewelry and Loan at 12513 N.C. 226 South. That is 2 miles south of U.S. 19E and 2 miles north of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 331).
Admission costs $5 for adults and $2 for children. Friday is Kids Day, and children with schools are admitted free during school hours. Activities will start as soon as the children arrive. Regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The Blue Ridge Intertribal Pow Wow Association is a nonprofit organization that seeks donations and volunteers to help. Volunteers can help with the Spruce Pine Pow Wow by distributing fliers before the event, and then participating during the event. To volunteer, call (813) 765-3073.