Hoop Dancer invited to powwow

Published 12:51 pm Saturday, July 23, 2016

As if all things Native American weren’t enough, the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian tribe has invited a special guest to its “Green Corn” Dance Powwow this Saturday.

Robert Swift Arrow Rose, a renowned Hoop Dancer, will be coming from Tennessee to perform.

“Specialty dances are considered ceremonial dances,” said the self-described treaty Indian of the Cherokee and Seneca, who added that the Hoop Dance is one such example.

“The Hoop Dance gives thanks for all of life — the seasons and stages of life, for example,” said Swift, adding that such a work is also done by the Taos, Pueblo and Jamez Pueblos among the many Native American tribes and nations.

Swift said he’ll also bring a few other surprise dances, some of which will be accompanied by cedar or accordion flutes.

He favors events such as the powwow as they cultivate more awareness and diversity about Native American history and culture.

“We want to help and support education,” Swift said. “It’s just a good thing.”

The powwow will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cattashowrock Town, the Cheroenhaka’s tribal land in Courtland.

Festivities include Native American dancing and drumming, arts and craft vendors and traditional foods.

The Archaeological Society of Virginia will bring artifacts, and the Aztec Dancers will perform. There will be demonstrations of flint knapping and Native American beading.

Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown will recite the tribal history.

The Grand Entry will take place at noon, led by the tribe’s Color Guard.

The public is encouraged to attend. Entry donations are $6 for adults, and $4 for seniors and children.