Guests welcomed Saturday as local Cherokee Nation holds Pow-Wow
Gray Court, S.C. – The 15th Annual Pow-Wow of the PAIA Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation SC will be held this Saturday, and the full day of festivities is only a 15-minute drive from Downtown Laurens.
Located on the tribal grounds at 3688 Warrior Creek Road, Gray Court, the Pow-Wow starts at 9 a.m. and goes all day, said Vice Chief Dexter Yellow Hawk Sharp, who was planning to be busy all week mowing the tribal grounds at 3688 Warrior Creek Road in Gray Court and doing a great deal of work with his nephews as they prepare for the event.
“We’ll have food vendors selling fry bread and Native American craft vendors,” Sharp said. “It’s the one time a year we get to show the public how we dressed and how we sang and danced for all those years in the 1700s and 1800s.”
Highlights for visitors are the Grand Entries, especially the largest one at noon, and then again at 5 p.m.
“We have two Grand Entries with the honor guard, the tribal leaders, and leaders of the other tribes,” Sharp said. “Then behind them are the dancers and everyone is in regalia.”
The Red Oak Drum Team, well known and respected in the area, will be performing, as will a variety of other Native American traditional singers and entertainers.
Native American craft vendors will be there, including a quilt and other items which will be raffled off.
“During the inter-tribal dance, anyone can dance,” Sharp said.
The admission fee is $7 for adults and $3 for children 3 to 17, and all veterans and children under 3 are free.