Nearly 1,000 take part in Green Corn Powwow

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, July 26, 2023

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A large crowd gathered at Cattashowrock Town in Courtland on July 1 for the Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe of Southampton County’s 31st Green Corn Powwow.

A tribe news release noted that the powwow drew tourists, including one from Italy; native dancers; native drummers; and native arts-and-craft vendors from the east and west coasts.

The powwow committee estimated the event featured close to 1,000 visitors, including adults, seniors, children, dancers and vendors.

Cheroenhaka Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown said that among the VIPs attending the powwow as guests were former Virginia Gov. and U.S. Sen. George Allen, his wife Susan Allen, and Virginia Del. Emily Brewer, who represents the 64th District and is running for the Virginia State Senate District 17 seat.

Native powwows, like the Green Corn Powwow, are intertribal events, and the July 1 gathering featured the following tribes: Appomattox, Haliwa-Saponi, Cherokee, Wendt, Seneca, Blackfoot, Muscogee, Cheroenhaka, Lumbee, Shakori, Lakota, Micmac, Monacan, Arapaho, Taíno and Aztec.