TERRE HAUTE -- The 14th Gathering of the People Powwow -- sponsored by the Vigo County Conservation Club -- will take place Sept. 25-27.
The powwow begins Sept. 25, when for the sixth year, an education day for Wabash Valley third-graders will take place, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
During the educational event, the area will be closed to the public as children learn about the drum and regalia and participate in the dances. Students will have the opportunity to visit a Native American Indian Village, which includes tomahawk throwing with Steve Witt and Native American flute playing by Ron Steele. They will also visit wickiups and the longhouse and learn how native tribes lived, hunted, cooked and dressed, how tools were made and used, what food was grown and how Native Americans respect Mother Earth and allowed nothing to be wasted.
Gates open Sept. 26-27 at 10 a.m., with the grand entry at 1 p.m., both days, and 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 26.
Admission is $5 and children 10-under will be admitted.
The Gathering of the People Powwow is helping sponsor the Annual Toy Drive for children of the Turtle Mountain reservation in North Dakota. It is collecting new toys for Christmas for the children.
Those interested in attending the powwow are encouraged to bring new toys and they will receive $1 off admission price.
This year's host drum will be Four Wind Singers, along with co-host Drum Kingfisher. Leading the dance this year will be head man dancer Chris Gresham and head lady dancer Pamela Malone Gresham. Master of Ceremonies is LeRoy Malaterre, Arena Director Larry Pensose, and head veteran if George Reitter. Junior boy dancer is Marvin Malone and junior girl dancer is Jesica Heaton.
Popular Native American food will be sold and authentic arts and crafts may be purchased directly from noted Native American jewelers and artisans.
There is plenty of free parking available. Club grounds are located east of Terre Haute and west of Brazil. Those interested in attending are urged to take United States 40 and turn north at the Seelyville intersection of Main Street and U.S. 40. Then go approximately two miles to Grotto Road, turn east and go one-half mile to the club grounds, or at U.S. 340 and the U.S. 40 junctions on Miami Gardens Road. Then go approximately one mile to the first crossroad (Grotto Road) and turn west. Follow approximately one mile to the club grounds. Watch for signs.
The grounds are located at 10382 Grotto Rd., Terre Haute.
For more information, call 812-230-8898 or log on to www.vccc.info.