This upcoming Labor Day Weekend, the best Native dancers, signers and drummers in the country will convene for one of the most memorable pow wow entertainment events of the year. The nationally acclaimed Numaga Pow Wow will take place September 4-6, just nineteen miles north of downtown Reno in Hunger Valley, nestled in Nevada's scenic Eagle Canyon.
More than 25 vendors will sell traditional native foods and extraordinary handcrafted silverwork, beadwork, baskets and other American Indian art at the pow wow.
This year marks the 29th annual event. Grand Entry kicks off on Friday at 7 p.m., at noon and again at 7 p.m.on Saturday, then at noonon Sunday. Playing host drum is award-winning Iron Boy singers from Minneapolis. The group was named the 2015 World Class Drum Champions.
Besides the traditional pow wow, the celebration includes the Numaga Indian Days Princess Pageant, which will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m at the Hungry Valley amphitheater. Youth will compete in three categories: tiny tots (2-5 years-old), juniors (6-11 years-old) and teens (12-17 years-old).
The first-ever, Warrior Mountain Run and the annual walk/run will be held on Saturday. Registration for the Warrior Mountain run, a 1,000-foot, 1.25-mile mountain climb, as well as the for the 3 mile walk/run through the residential streets of Hungry Valley begins at 7:30 a.m. at the RSIC Recreation Center. Both races start at 8 a.m.
The entire weekend celebration is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute leader, known for peace. Chief Numaga was a great 19th century trailblazer who had the courage and the vision to counsel against war. Facing severe threats to his people by invading settlers and military, Numaga repeatedly chose peace. His successful peace negotiations helped set a precedent for future disputes.
Numaga also has a documented history of trying to prevent the destruction of itsaboriginal lands. Numaga called the pine nut groves the Indian’s orchards and asked non-Indians to collect fallen timber instead of cutting down healthy trees, an issue still impacting Indian country today. Unfortunately, Numaga’s early advocacy for Mother Earth was not successful.
Translated from the English language, Numaga means “Give Food.” He passed away in 1871 and is buried in the hills near Wadsworth.