GALLIPOLIS — Officials with the Native American Education Association Inc. say they are determined to have one of the best pow-wows in southeastern Ohio.
They will be presenting its ninth annual Harvest Moon Pow-Wow on Sept. 5-7 in Gallipolis City Park.
The purpose of the pow-wow contributes to the revitalization of traditions and culture of the Native Americans. The culture of Native Americans will be expressed through music, dance and spirituality.
Native Americans come together to share experiences, discuss issues, demonstrate, sell and exhibit their work. There will be story tellers on hand to identify with children, telling stories of Chief Cornstalk and Tecumseh. Food vendors will also be on hand and Courtside Bar & Grill will have a special menu to give a taste of Native American cooking.
Veterans from the VFW and Gallia County Vietnam veterans will open up ceremonies each day to give patronage and honor. The artistic drum for this year’s event will be Red Circle. The co-host drum is Sky Hawk from northern Ohio, who will also bring an entourage of dancers.
Pow-wows are a celebration of heritage and life for Native Americans. At a gathering, natives would barter goods in exchange for other goods. The practice still holds today, although money is mostly exchanged. Artwork and jewelry can be also found at these events.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday are Kids’ Days. There will be demonstrations, candy dances, story telling, vendors and more.
This event is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council, along with local businesses.
For more information, contact Thomas Abrahamson at 740-245-5511 or 740-853-3762, or email [email protected]