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42nd Annual Pow Wow October 20-22 at Long Hunter State Park

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Monday, October 9, 2023, was Indigenous Peoples Day, celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October, and is an official city and state holiday in various localities. Also called: First People’s Day or Native American Day, it is a day in honor of Native Indigenous Americans in opposition to the celebration of Columbus Day.

Each October, a month designated as “Native American Indian Month,” Indians from around the Nation gather to share part of their culture. Simply put, a Pow Wow is a gathering of American Indians who come to dance, celebrate, pray, laugh, and socialize. But for each person, the meaning of the Pow Wow, and their place in the ceremony, can only be defined by themselves.

The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee proudly presents their 42nd Tennessee Educational Pow Wow Friday, October 20 through Sunday, October 22, 2023. This fall, journey to Nashville for an event you will always remember – a three-day festival offering you the opportunity to personally experience the culture and spirit of the American Indian people. Long Hunter State Park has convenient parking available. Seating will also be provided, but you are more than welcome to bring along your own lawn chairs.

This spirited event is not just for the reunion of family and friends, but for anyone who would like to witness the spectacle and join in the celebration of the culture that is nurtured by more than 20,000 Indians who call Tennessee home today. You will want to treat yourself to the delights of traditional native food, such as fry bread, Indian tacos, and hominy made the “Indian way.”

Be ready to enjoy Native American arts & crafts, paintings, Indian jewelry, pottery, pictures, clothing, music, hoop dancing, inter-tribal dancing, storytelling, Indian games, demonstrations, Native American food, Indian tacos, chili, hominy, and fry bread. Admission daily, cash only, is just $8.00 for Adults and $4.00 for Seniors and Children ages 6-12, with free admission for children 5 and under and persons with disabilities. Gates open at 9 am daily, (with free admission Friday for students & seniors); Opening Ceremonies are at 11 am on Saturday and Sunday. The Pow Wow ends on Sunday at 5 pm. Free parking is adjacent to Pow Wow grounds.

The Native American Indian Association (NAIA) is a service agency for Indians residing in Tennessee. It is a private non-profit agency established in 1980 to help improve the quality of life for Native American people in the state. They seek to raise the level of consciousness of the non-Indian population in the state of Tennessee to a fuller awareness of the past history and current status of Native American Indians by sponsoring, promoting, and conducting seminars, institutes, education programs, and public information activities.

The central office of NAIA is located at 230 Spence Lane in Nashville, Tennessee. They have program operations in various counties around the State of Tennessee. NAIA membership represents many tribes. Call (615) 232-9179 or email: NAIA@NAIATN.ORG for more information.

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