Fri, Dec. 06

Pow Wow in the Valley

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ENJOY the colorful, historic dances, songs and drumming of the the Verde Valley Pow Wow.

The ever popular and highly colorful Verde Valley Pow Wow returns this weekend.

The annual summertime event offers a total of $25,000 in prize money to those Native Americans competing. Singers, dancers and drummers from tribes across the Southwest will arrive for the festivities at the Cliff Castle Casino Stargazer Pavilion starting Friday night. The event continues through Sunday.

For those interesting in watching, it’s one of the best cultural, educational and colorful experiences you’ll see on Native American life, thanks to the continued support of the casino and the Pow Wow Committee that makes this delightful summertime occurrence happen each year.

“We’ve got some coming from Canada, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nebraska and California,” says organizer Pauline Jackson. “It’s just makes you connect back to Native American life; what it must have been like years ago and how close knit we were as a family.”

The event begins Friday night at 6 p.m. with a sacred Gourd Dance followed by the Grand Entry at 7 p.m.

On Saturday and Sunday, ceremonies begin late morning with a Gourd Session at 11 a.m. and the first grand entry at noon each day. Saturday, there’s dance contests for tiny tots, juniors, teens and adults followed with drumming competitions. The second grand entry is 7 p.m. Saturday night.

You will also find plenty of Native American arts and crafts, jewelry plus food inside nearby booths.

For more information, call Pauline Jackson at 567-1035. Tickets are available at the gate.

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