Nottoway tribe to powwow

Published 12:23 pm Monday, September 12, 2016

The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia has scheduled its powwow for Saturday and Sunday of Sept. 17-18. The event will take place at the Surry Parks and Recreation Center, on Highway 10 at Highway 31, 205 Enos Farm Drive.

Intertribal dancing, Native American cooking, storytelling and demonstrations of primitive weapons will be featured. Vendors and crafts, educational exhibits and community services information will also be available.

On Saturday,  John “Blackfeather” Jefferies (Occaneechi-Saponi) will demonstrate Native American survival techniques;

Dr. Buck Woodard, noted historian, presents at the Nottoway History Booth “The 18th-Century Indian Trader.” He will discuss the politics and economics experienced during the colonial period and how the Nottoway allied with Virginia in matters of trade, war and diplomacy. Particular attention will be paid to the fur trade.

On both days, the VA Central Office Center for Minority Veterans from Washington, D.C., will be on site to assist veterans with connecting to the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers for healthcare, pension benefits, and cemetery access.

The Viet-Nam Era Veterans Inter-Tribal Association Honor-Color Guard, Washington, D.C. Chapter will participate on Sunday. The Honor-Color Guard was founded in 1982 by the late Max Little (Seminole). The current commander is Steve Miller (Tsalagi).

The gates open at 10 a.m. with the grand entry at noon on Saturday; 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The event is sponsored by theVirginia Nottoway Indian Circle and Square Foundation and Surry County Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, call 686-8602 or 708-4364; email; or visit or on Facebook.

Admission is $5 for persons 13 years old on up; $3 for seniors 65 and older; children ages 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. No charge for children under age 3.