Annual Adamstown PowWow set for this weekend

By on August 26, 2015


The Native American powwow is still alive in Lancaster County, but it’s not an easy county in which to not be Pennsylvania Dutch or Christian. Many don’t know that local powwow organizers and attendees often represent both groups.

“We want people to know that we are just like them,” said Keith Rodriques, event organizer for the annual Adamstown Intertribal PowWow.  “We go to your churches, our kids play next to yours in sports and in schools. We have regular jobs.”

The powwow is a way to invite the community to celebrate and take part in Native American culture and experience it firsthand. It’s a treat for the senses and an educational experience.

All veterans are encouraged to attend and are welcomed and thanked for their service to the United States with a special dance.

The powwow opens both Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, at 10 a.m. The Grand Entry starts at noon.

Colorful tribal dances will be featured as well as an arts and crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, and singing.

Review file photo Native American customs and costumes are standard and coliorful parts of the annual Adamstown Intertribal PowWow.

Review file photo
Native American customs and costumes are standard and colorful parts of the annual Adamstown Intertribal PowWow.

Folks can meet drummer Eagle Thunder, Pretty Elk Singers, and head dancers John Ironhorse and Natalie Wisteria. Mark Onehawk will serve as emcee.

Food vendors will be on site.

Organizers say it is a great opportunity for visiting with old friends and making new ones.

A potluck feast is set for Saturday night and attendees are encouraged to bring a favorite food to share.

The event will be held at Adamstown Rod and Gun Club, 563 Willow St., Reinholds. Admission cost is $5 per vehicle. Proceeds go to the Fivepointville Ambulance Service.

Rodriques serves as the contact person for volunteers and vendors as well as those who would like more information. He can be reached at 717- 940-8048.

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