29th Green Corn Powwow draws guests from across U.S.

Published 6:35 pm Saturday, July 30, 2022

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The Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton County hosted its 29th Green Corn Powwow at Cattashowrock Town July 2 in Courtland as a celebration of 442 years of documented ethnohistory of the tribe’s culture and traditions.

A tribe news release noted that at the event, the Powwow Circle was a maze of color, with some 70 native dancers in full native regalia gracing it for the grand entry to the sound of the host drum, Yapatoko. 

Rickie “Two Beavers” Boone, the powwow chairman, said the event averaged some 700 to 800 visitors gathering from across the East and West coasts, which made the arts and craft vendors very happy. 

Tribe officials noted that everyone loved the Indian taco, funnel cake, fry bread, Buffalo Burgers, corn on the cob and fish diners.

“By 4 p.m. we were sold out of native food,” officials stated.

Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown stated that he was very appreciative of all the native dancers who attended the Green Corn Powwow and looks forward to their return Nov. 4-6 for the Corn Harvest Intertribal Powwow and School Day. 

Special recognition was given to all tribal members, honorary tribal members and to the board of directors of the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe Heritage Foundation, whose support “made the powwow a stunning success,” officials stated. They also gave accolades to the Archaeological Society of Virginia, Nansemond Chapter, for its 16 years of continuing support to the tribe’s powwows, and further accolades went to the general populace for all of its support.

“We are very thankful that Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin sent a letter of congratulations to the tribe on its 29th Green Corn Powwow,” tribe officials said. 

The letter was read and presented to Brown on Youngkin’s behalf by Dr. Rosa Atkins, chief diversity, opportunity and inclusion officer in the office of the governor.

The release concluded by highlighting that a special guest at the powwow was Virginia state Sen. Jen Kiggans, who took a keen interest in the native artifacts that were displayed at the ASV Booth and that have been dated back some 14,000 years.