MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Indians from about 35 American Indian tribes will share their cultural experience through food, storytelling and the arts during the second annual Wakichipi American Indian Powwow and Show this weekend at the Youth Fairgrounds in Martinsburg.
The powwow will include a buffalo education program featuring Tecumseh the 1,000-pound buffalo, Aztec and American Indian dancing, flute music, American Indian crafts and food, and children's activities from Friday, Oct. 1, through Sunday, Oct. 3. Tribal delegates from Canada to Mexico - including Aztecs, Iroquois, Navajo, Sioux, Cherokee and Haliwa-Saponi - will perform centuries-old dances to compete for more than $6,000 in prize money.
Powwows serve to unite Indians, many communities of which were divided years ago by the federal government's adverse Indian policy. But the ultimate goal of the Wakichipi - which translates to "good dance" in the Saponi language - powwow is to educate people about American Indian culture, said powwow organizer Barry Richardson of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe in North Carolina.