The rhythm. The pulse of the drum reverberating on Mother Earth, tickling your feet through your moccasins. The circle of singers – some in their regalia – each pinching at that protrusion on their neck to give them that high pitch, find themselves instinctively grinning now and again. It’s the hour that prompts the smile – an ancient smirk. Like the dancers, the singers revel in these cherished moments. This is pow wow country, and here’s your pow wow list for this weekend.
For a complete list and related pow wow stories, go to ictmn.com/pow-wow.
Spirit of Nations Powwow and Heritage Festival
When & where: Aug. 10, Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee
For more information, go to Indiancreekproductions.com.
22nd Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow
When & where: Aug. 10-11, Odawa pow wow grounds, 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs
For more information, go to Odawahomecoming.weebly.com.
Photo courtesy Petoskeynews.com
Annual Nesika Illahee Pow Wow
When & where: Aug. 9-11, Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow Wow Grounds, Government Hill, Siletz, Oregon
For more information, go to Ctsi.nsn.us
Photo courtesy Thenewsguard.com.
Tre Jackson, wearing a traditional custom, dances at the Siletz Pow Wow.