Annual Powwow set for this weekend

Published 8:34 am Wednesday, July 21, 2010

COURTLAND—The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe ninth Annual Intertribal Powwow and Gathering, a “Celebration of the Green Corn Harvest,” will be held 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, July 25, at Southampton County Fairgrounds.

“We are expecting between 1,500 and 2,000 people over a two-day period,” said chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown.

The weekend will include a presentation of the Cheroenhaka history in Southampton County, Brown said. There will also be a presentation of the state recognition plaques that were received.

There will be American Indian arts and crafts, jewelry, regalia and face painting.

Food and drinks will be made available, including hot dogs, hamburgers, Indian fried bread, tacos, fish and chips, sweet potato jacks and corn on the cob.

Admission for adults is a $6 donation and children 6 through12 and 65 and over is $4. Guests are asked to bring lawn chairs and to leave pets at home.

The master of ceremonies will be Jerome “Good Eagle” Kays.

The head male dancer will be Mike Cranford, and the head female dancer will be Jeannie Cranford.

Chief Thomas “Two Feathers” Lewis of Meherrin Indian Tribe, North Carolina, will be the arena director.

The Host Drum will be “Yough-ta-nund,” and the Guest Drum will be “Eastern Bull.” A representative of the Archeological Society of Virginia, Nansemond Chapter, will participate in Indian artifact identification.

There will also be a booth, where the language of the Indian tribe will be taught. Southampton County Native Stan Piersa will be demonstrate flint knapping.

Luis Salinas and “The Aztec Dancers” also will be at the celebration.

More information is available at or by calling Chief Brown at 562-7760.