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15th Gathering of the People Powwow scheduled

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

TERRE HAUTE -- The Vigo County Conservation Club will come alive in a colorful expression of song and dance Sept. 25-26, with the 15th Gathering of the People Powwow.

Powwows are social gatherings involving traditional native dances that continually evolve to include contemporary aspects. Each powwow begins with the grand entry, with the posting of the colors by Native American veterans, along with the eagle staff, and a procession of all the dancers into the dance area.

At the heart of the powwow are the drum groups, proving the beat to accompany the dancers' movements.

Represented are many tribes from all areas of America. The Gathering of the People Powwow is open to the public and a great way to learn more about Native American culture.

This year's event host drum is Twigh Twee Singers; from the Indiana Miami tribe, along with Co-Host Drum Kingfisher.

The Gathering of the People is excited to have leading the dancing head man dancer Chris Gresham and head lady dancer Pamela Malone Gresham. The Master of Ceremonies will be LeRoy Malaterre, known for his extensive knowledge of the powwow and the traditions and ways of the Native people.

Area Director is Larry Penrose. The head veteran will be George Reitter, who served in the U.S. Army in Korea, and Junior Boy Dancer is Marvin Malone from Terre Haute, while Junior Girl Dancer is Heather Bowser.

Native American food -- such as fry bread and Indian tacos -- will be available as well as traditional fair food. Authentic arts and crafts made by natives may be purchased directly from noted jewelers and artisans.

Gates to the event will open at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 26, with the grand entry at 1 p.m., each day.

There will be nighttime dancing, beginning at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 25. Dancers in regalia are welcome at no charge and will be treated to a free dinner Saturday, Sept. 25.

In honor of the powwow, a Christmas toy drive for children of the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota, will take place. Those bringing a new toy for these children will receive $1 off admission per person per toy.

The Vigo County Conservation Club grounds are located east of Terre Haute and west of Brazil.

From Brazil, travel west to the junction of United States 340 and U.S. 40. Turn north onto Miami Gardens Road and drive north 1.4 miles to the first crossroad, which is Grotto Road. Then, turn west and drive 1.2 miles to the club grounds, 10382 Grotto Rd., Terre Haute.

Admission is $5 and children 10-under will be admitted free. There is plenty of parking available. Those interested in attending are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and blankets.

For additional information, call 1-765-435-3041 or 1-812-230-8936, e-mail powwow@vccc.info, or log on to www.vccc.info.

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It says admission for adults is $5.00 and children are free. I would assume that the food is extra.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Sep 15, 2010, at 9:10 AM

It sounds like a good and interesting time.

-- Posted by indianamama on Wed, Sep 15, 2010, at 9:11 AM

Indianamama, the food is extra. I have been going to those gatherings for quite a few years now. I am going to a gathering in Gas City this weekend and I am told that there will be close to 1000 people dressed in Indian garments. The food is around $5 to $6 for a sandwich, but it is really good, especially their buffalo and antelope sandwiches. I travel to quite a few gatherings in quite a few different states with my camera, and it is really enjoyable. If you do attend, you will enjoy it.

-- Posted by photobob on Wed, Sep 15, 2010, at 12:44 PM

We have attended this one and the one at Shakamak for a couple of years. There is no better way to welcome fall than a powwow!! You will not believe the peace and calm the music/drumming brings. Such a spirit of acceptance. A couple of tips for first timers: bring a lawn chair and some light snacks. Stay all day or for a few hours. We usually leave for a bite to eat in town and come back...stay till night! Wear a t-shirt etc. for afternoon sunny weather and bring a sweatshirt for evening. The little ones will have a blast watching the dancers and running around. Especially good because (I hate to say this) smoking is allowed!!! Just don't flick your cig butt into the sacred fire :)

-- Posted by abbccc on Wed, Sep 15, 2010, at 10:06 PM

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