The Second Annual Powwow
Saturday, May 22, Sunday, May 23
9:00am – 6:00pm
Presented by the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center, this
powwow celebrates the one-year anniversary of the opening of Carnegie Museum
of Natural History's Alcoa Foundation Hall of American Indians.
Held in the museum's rear courtyard, the powwow will feature American
Indians from various tribes singing and dancing, as well as art, crafts
The powwow expresses and sustains American Indian heritages by observing
old traditions. Each day begins with an exciting grand entry of all
the dancers in their spectacular regalia. The procession begins with Eagle
Feather Staff and Flag Bearers. Following are Head Dancers - one
man, one woman and perhaps a child or youth--all highly respected community
members. Finally the dancers enter, including traditional grass,
jingle dress, fancy and shawl dancers.
Throughout the day, visitors will enjoy watching intertribal dances,
men's and women's traditional and fancy dances, hoop dances and shawl dances.
Those inspired by the drumbeat can join in a variety of social dances,
such as the round dance, rabbit dance and snake dance. There will
also be special performances periodically.
After working up an appetite in the dance area, powwow participants
can indulge in traditional American Indian foods. There will also
be vending booths to purchase authentic American Indian treasures such
as jewelry, baskets, clothing, quilts, pottery, or artwork by Rex Begaye—a
native American artist from Florida. Children will also delight in
participating in a variety of activities including making their own crafts
to take home.