2018 will be the 30th year for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow.
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A 31-year tradition continues at one of the summer’s biggest cultural celebrations

Exploring the rich history of Dayton and the Miami Valley must go hand in hand with education about the Native American history that ultimately shaped our region.

Presented by the Miami Valley Council for Native Americans, the 31st Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village on June 22-23 is one of the best opportunities to immerse yourself into the colorful and deeply-rooted traditions woven into the core of the Miami Valley. 

 
2018 will be the 30th year for the Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow.
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The highlight is the beating of the drums and sounds of traditional American Indian music. For American Indians, Pow Wow is a special event, as they reflect upon a rich heritage and show honor and respect for one another and the drum.

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Men and women spend weeks preparing full traditional regalia — complete with long, weed-like fringe that is worn for the historic Grass Dance. The Grass Dance is a competition, as the seasoned performers have great pride in the beauty of this ceremony. 

While the men perform the Grass Dance, the women shine during the traditional shawl and jingle dances— dressed in brightly-colored ensembles and demonstrate syncopated dance steps with fast, whirling rhythms.

2018 will be the 30th annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow.
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In addition to the fun activities, traditional Native American arts, crafts and food vendors will be available. This all adds up to a fun, educational and satisfying weekend learning about Native American culture.

Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow at SunWatch Indian Village.
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This year’s festival schedule is as follows:

Saturday:

11:00 a.m. — Entertainment TBA 

Noon — Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staff and colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. — Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. —Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

5:00 p.m. —Dinner Break: Entertainment TBA 

6:00 p.m. — Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors 

6:30 p.m. — Intertribal and Special dances 

8:30 p.m. — Retreat of Staffs and Colors 

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Sunday:

11:00 a.m. — Entertainment TBA 

Noon — Grand Entry - Flag Song - Victory Song - Prayer - Posting of the Staffs and Colors - Veterans Song 

12:30 p.m. — Intertribal and Special dances 

4:45 p.m. — Retreat of Staff and Colors

(Schedule is subject to change)

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: 31st Annual Keeping the Tradition Pow Wow
WHEN: 12 p.m.- 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22 & 12 p.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday, June 23

WHERE: SunWatch Indian Village, 2301 West River Rd., Dayton

ADMISSION: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors (60+) and children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under. Weekend passes are available: $15 for adults, $9 for seniors and children 6-17, and free for children 5 and under.

INFO: 937-268-8199 | Website

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