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GATHERING THE TRIBES

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The grand entrance at the 2016 pow wow at the South Central Fairgrounds.
SoVaNow.com / May 10, 2017
The Native American Pow Wow returns to Chase City this weekend, at the South Central Fairgrounds, 10 Fairgrounds Road. Gates open at 10 a.m.

This three-day inter-tribal event, officially known as the Southern Virginia American Indian Festival, is a celebration of fellowship, culture and heritage of Native Americans from North and South America. It is led by former Occaneechi Chief John “Blackfeather” Jeffries and hosted by Chase City Special Events II.

This powwow honors all veterans, Mother Earth and on Sunday, all mothers.

It kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with bonfire story telling by tribal elders. The Grand Entry — the parade of Native American dancers and others into the central arena — takes place at noon on Saturday, and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. As always, veterans and elders will be honored. This year, there will be a special Mother’s Day tribute.

The drum is the heartbeat of the Pow Wow. Yapatoko is returning as the host drum, performing southern style songs.

There will be food vendors with Buffalo Burgers, Fry Bread, Saponi Stew, Indian Tacos and more. Native American vendors will be on site to offer handmade items, and there will be an example of a 1700s encampment, along with demonstrations of life skills by Bear and Lady Bear Brooks, tool-making and weaponry, and traditional beadwork.

The public is welcome to attend this unique weekend experience as tribes of many nations come together to sing, dance, visit, renew friendships and share their cultural heritage.

Tickets are $10 per person for a weekend pass or $7 for adults and $5 for elders and children for a daily pass.

No alcohol is permitted on the grounds.

For more information about the event, go to chasecityevents.org or Chase City Area Happenings on Facebook.

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