From July 6-9, the Danville 4-H Fairgrounds is going to be filled with the spirit and culture of our American Indian people. With traditional dances, crafts, singing, and skills demonstrations, the event will allow attendees to gain education and appreciation for the customs and culture of American Indians.
The National Powwow Celebration has been held every three years since its origin in 1969. It has been held across several different states in the U.S. before coming to Danville in 2011. Since then, Indiana has become the home for the festival, with the 4-H fairgrounds being a perfect location to host this event. This year is particularly special for the Powwow since the event had to be canceled three years ago due to the pandemic. The normal three year waiting period has stretched to six and participants are anxious to join in the festivities once again.
One of the big highlights of the powwow is the dancing that takes place in the evenings. In addition to being able to watch trained dancers performing traditional powwow dancing, guests can also participate in the dancing themselves during the “intertribal” period. At that time, an attendee can dance and enjoy the music in everyday attire.
Near the dancing area will be an encampment with full-sized tipis, or “lodges,” that will contain items that would be used on a daily basis by American Indians living on the plains . These will be made with authentic materials including poles that are up to 25 feet long and canvas material wrapped around them. The diameter of the tipis will be from 18-24 feet. A contest will decide the most impressive tipi of the group.
Throughout the event, guests will have the opportunity to participate in interactive activities that will not only entertain, but provide real skills and education. From craft-making to primitive skills demonstrations, there is a wealth of knowledge to be shared and enjoyed for adults and kids alike.
“What you’ll see at the National Powwow is cultural appreciation for the American Indian culture and powwow dancing today,” remarked Jeff Brewer, Marketing/Media Coordinator for the event.
A few other highlights of the event will include a special dance to honor Veterans, a national craft contest, and the crowning of the National Powwow Princess. Gates open at 8:30a.m. daily. Admission is $8 daily for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-12, while children under 5 get in free. A four-day pass is $20 for adults and $15 for youth 6-12.
For more information and a full schedule of events, visit the National Powwow website at NationalPowwow.com