Pow Wow returns to Cliff Castle
The Verde Valley Pow Wow started 11 years ago when the Jackson family established the event to bring back culture, tradition and a sense of belonging to the Native American youth.
Featuring Native American foods, crafts and jewelry, the Pow Wow is the Native American people's way of renewing old friendships and establishing new ones through traditional dance and song.
The Verde Valley Pow Wow started 11 years ago when the Jackson family established the event to bring back culture, tradition and a sense of belonging to the Native American youth. The event has continued and expanded thanks to the support of Cliff Castle Casino and the Pow Wow Committee.
"Putting this event together is a labor of love for us. We're happy to see everyone coming out and just having a great time," said Pauline Jackson, Pow Wow Committee representative.
"We look forward to this event each year with great anticipation," added John O'Neill, general manager of Cliff Castle Casino. "The Pow Wow offers an opportunity for the community to connect with the rich culture of native peoples, while allowing Native Americans to celebrate their history and pass traditions to future generations."
Many festivities will be held over the course of the weekend, including the Grand Entry, the centerpiece of the Pow Wow — where tribal veterans carry in the U.S. flag, tribal flags, the P.O.W. flag and eagle staff followed by various tribes and royalty.
Prize money totaling $25,000 will be awarded to Native American dancers in the tiny tot, junior, teen and adult competitions and drumming competitions.
The Pow Wow begins at 6 p.m. July 12 with the sacred Gourd Dance, followed by the Grand Entry at 7 p.m. The festivities continue on Saturday and Sunday, July 13-14, beginning each day at 11 a.m.