WMFD TV

Search Archive WMFD.com News

www.wmfd.com - 2014 marks the 30th year the Great Mohican Pow-Wow has been celebrated, and the diverse heritage the Pow-Wow displays keeps bringing people back each and every year. }}" />

   
 
 
Great Mohican Pow-Wow Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Story By: Staff Reporter

 

 

 
 
 
  Email Story to Friend
   
  Original Published: 7/12/2014

2014 marks the 30th year the Great Mohican Pow-Wow has been celebrated, and the diverse heritage the Pow-Wow displays keeps bringing people back each and every year. Native American hoop-dancers, storytellers, fire-starters, tomahawk throwers, and a variety of talented artists came together to share their talents and history through the festival.

"Pow-Wows have been around for hundreds of years," said Robbi Swift, Great Mohican Pow-Wow's vendor coordinator. "What they used to be is a social gathering. So everybody would dance, and they would sing. We travel all over the place. And for the communities around us, a lot of times for small children, it's the first time they get to see a real Indian," Swift laughed. "I have little kids that walk up to me and say, 'Are you really an Indian?' because what they see is what they see in the movies or what they see on TV. They're just amazed that they actually get to meet somebody that's really a Native American."

Vendors in the festival sold hand-made Native American style crafted goods, many of which are very time-consuming to make.

"A lot of people don't understand how much time it takes to do a lot of the arts and crafts that they see. It's not mass-produced. Everything is hand-made," Swift said. "It takes hours and hours, and some people have never seen that before. It's just an educational experience for everyone."

   
  MORE RECENT NEWS
 
Image1 Two men face charges after being caught trying to throw contraband over the fence surrounding one of Mansfield's two prisons. Full Story
Image1 Three-hundred first through fourth graders at Dowds Elementary School in Shelby make their annual contribution to feeding needy families during the holidays. Full Story
 
Image1 A local Christmas tree grower is about to enjoy a great honor, a trip to the White House. Full Story
Image1 Does a pay raise sound good to you? Shelby Schools hopes so. Full Story
  MORE NEWS
 

Shelby School Board OK's Pay Hike For Substitute Teachers

Tornado Siren Testing Wednesday

Displaced Stimens Apartment Residents Receiving Donations

Famous Family Psychologist Visits Mansfield

Man arrested after burglary investigation leads to chase

High Wind WARNING

More News