37th Annual Cherokee Pow Wow by Cody Long July 10, 2012

The thirty-seventh annual Cherokee Pow Wow took place on June 29- July 1, at the Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee, N.C.

This event captured the strong cultural traditions of family and spirituality, mixed with “a healthy dose of competition,” (visitcherokeenc.com).

Hundreds of world-champion dancers from across the nation competed for prizes of thousands of dollars. Even in the midst of the heat, the pow wow combined traditions, such as the playing of the drum, song, and dance, that exposed the roots of all types of Native American tribes.

Crafters from all over the US set up shop on the former Cherokee High School football field, where they displayed and sold traditional Native American crafts from a variety of tribes, such as pottery, jewelry, dream catchers, traditional clothing and much more.

The Cherokee Pow Wow has been a community event for 37 years. This year’s event was sponsored by LRE/ Royal Electric, LLC., an American Indian owned company; Principal Chief, Michell Hicks; and Vice Chief, Larry Blythe.

 

Blog post and photos by Alisha Lambert, Insight Marketing~ Marketing Assistant