Cheroenhaka Indians to host powwow
Published 8:57 am Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The Cheroenhaka Indian tribe will host its 17th annual Inter-Tribal “Green Corn Dance” Powwow on Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to sunset.
The Grand Entry, led by the color guard, will take place at noon. Chief Walt Brown will lead the procession of the tribe, dancers and the chiefs of the visiting tribes.
He will also give a welcome speech to everyone present at the powwow.
Hosted on the tribe’s historic Cattashowrock Town in Courtland, the powwow will feature American Indian arts and crafts, jewelry, regalia, dancing, drumming and face painting.
The dancing will be lead by Osceola and Tina Mullin.
Concessions will include Indian fry bread and tacos, as well as fish and chips, corn on the cob, hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks.
Representatives from the Archaeological Society of Virginia, Nansemond Chapter, will present artifacts used by the Cheroenhaka tribe at their height of its power.
“They have over 500 artifacts on display and there will be someone there to explain to attendees the significance of each of them,” said William Lamb ‘Spread Eagle’ Howell, the tribe’s powwow chairman.
The Aztec Dancers, flying in from New Mexico, have been present at all the powwows.
“They’re very good, we’re excited to have them back,” Howell said.
Admission for adults is $6 and $4 for children aged 6-12 and elders aged 65 and older. Parking is free.
The event is open to the public. Attendees are reminded that this is a family event, and are asked not to bring pets or consume alcohol or drugs.