Meherrin Powwow welcomes public

Published 9:07 am Monday, October 1, 2012

Chief Wayne Brown (center) will lead the Meherrin Nation in their 24th annual Powwow, scheduled for Oct. 5-7. File Photo by Cal Bryant

AHOSKIE – The typical brilliant colors of fall will arrive early this year…not on local trees, but rather in the vibrant shades of colorful clothing when the Meherrin Indian Tribe hosts its 24th annual Powwow on Oct. 5-7.

The event will be held on the Meherrin Nation Tribal Grounds, located on NC 11 between Ahoskie and Murfreesboro.

According to Meherrin Chief Wayne Brown, this year’s event features an Iroquois Smoke Dance Contest as well as Hand drum and Drum contest.

“The Powwow showcases not only dance styles, but also true Meherrin-Iroquois culture,” Brown stated. “This is made possible by the reestablishing of historical ties with our Iroquois cousins up north, many of whom are participation in our Powwow for the first time.”

Brown called the event one that offers a learning experience for visitors to watch or participate in authentic Meherrin culture.

“This is more than just mere entertainment, it’s a cultural experience like no other,” Brown said.

Chris Thomas (Onondaga Nation, New York) will serve as the Smoke Dance and Social Dance singer.

The Powwow also features traditional Native American arts/crafts and jewelry as well as a variety of food vendors.

For a complete listing of events during the three-day Powwow, see page 8A of today’s edition.

School day will be Friday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All schools are urged to participate as it will be educational and fun.

Gates are open to the public at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5 and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 6-7. Admission is $5 for adults; $2 for children and seniors (ages 55 and over) and free admission for children ages 1 and under. Visit for more details.