The return of the King City Powwow, Redhawk’s Gathering of Nations, is set to be held at the American Legion Post in King this weekend.
“This event is and has always been the people’s powwow,” said organizer Lance Redhawk Shauger. “We honor our veterans and warriors, law enforcement, fire and EMS and attempt to raise food to help our community.”
Shauger and Patrick Suarez have been planning the event, and said it’s best described as a time to honor the Native American culture.
“A modern powwow is a specific type of event for Native American people to meet and dance, sing and socialize. A Powwow can vary in length from a one-day event, to major powwows called for a special occasion which can be up to one week long,” Shauger said.
The powwow was last held in King Aug., 2010.
“My brother was murdered in New York on June 11 in 2011 so the powwow was cancelled in August of that year,” Shauger said. “At the time I was the only organizer. It has been a pleasure and a blessing to partner with Patrick to bring this event back to the City of King.”
Shauger said the sights, sounds and smells will come alive at this year’s event as it unfolds throughout the weekend.
“From lunch or dinner in a relaxed outdoor setting, to the heart-pumping smoke dance competition where each person in the audience is cheering on their favorite dancer. Many spectators enjoy the fine arts and crafts, while others come to spend time with historians that speak of history from our account instead of the watered down history taught in schools and universities today,” he said.
Some come to see how modern indigenous people currently live, according to Shauger.
“This event will leave you excited and in awe. Many will walk away more educated and at peace, feeling more connected to the global family,” he said. “It will be entertaining as well as educational for all ages. We offer discounted admission for those that adopt the global community mind set by bringing non- perishable food items to help fill local food pantries in King and Walnut Cove.”
The Return of the King City Powwow, Redhawk’s Gathering of Nations Powwow, will be held at American Legion Post 290 on August 25 – 27. Grand Entry is Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at noon and 6:30 p.m., and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for children under the age of five. Seniors and children from five to 12 is $5 and 13 – 62 is $10 ($8 with two cans foods). Veterans admission is $4.
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.