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October 12, 2014

Dreary weather can’t defeat NCC’s 17th Annual Intertribal Powwow

The first day of the NCC’s Clarksville Area 17th Annual Intertribal Powwow was festive and giddy as old friends and family members reunited under the grey skies of Middle Tennessee. The drab skies could not deflate the happiness and joy that returning visitors and friends brought to this year’s powwow. Smiles and handshakes abounded everywhere as greetings were exchanged in every corner of the campgrounds. 

The day started with the 8th Annual Trail of Tears Memorial Walk. Port Royal Historic Area contains the northernmost point of the Trail of Tears as recognized by the National Park Service. The area received Trail of Tears certification on September  19, 2006 and the memorial walk has been a honored part of the powwow every year since.

The Host Drum are the WhiteHorse Singers and Guest Drum is Southern Echo, aka ‘Mimi’s Boyz.’  Master of Ceremonies is Faron Weeks. Head Lady is Christa Koontz and Head Man is Jake Vance. The 2014 Powwow Princess is Hermione Wilson. Head Veterans are Mary Nolen and Clyde Maize. Arena Director is Bob “Two Bulls” Tulley.

Vendors are on hand with crafts and art that reflect and typify Native American culture and traditions. This includes food vendors offering quarter-pound bison burgers, fry bread and Indian tacos along with barbecue pulled port, smoked chicken wings and turkey legs, and chickens- whole, half or quartered. Lines formed at both food stations as the aromas of barbecue pork, chicken and turkey filled the air from one side. These were combated by the sizzling aroma of bison burgers cooking on the grill from the other corner.

Among this year’s visitors were members of Girl Scout Troop 553, Cub Scout Pack and American Heritage Girl Group. They were interested in learning about the culture, traditions and ways of Native Americans and how they lived.

The powwow continues Sunday, October 12 with Worship Service at 11 a.m. and Welcome and Grand Entry at 12:30 p.m. Activities end at 5 p.m following the Retiring of the Colors. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Bring lawn chairs, appetites and a thirst for knowledge. The grounds are solid and traction is good.

[Photos by Turner McCullough Jr. of JazzWaves Imaging, Copyright Restricted, 2014.]

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