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Add some Pow-Wow to your summer festivities

You don’t need leave Ohio this summer to see true Native American culture come alive. One of the top Indian Pow-Wows in North America is coming to Ohio, rain or shine, in July and September, 2009.

Highlighting the 25th Annual Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow will be the internationally acclaimed Tlacopan Aztec Fire Dancers. They will showcase their blazing barefoot fire dance and other high-energy native dances, set to the rhythmic beating of traditional drums.

Donned in elaborate clothing, beads, plumed headdresses and painted faces, the Tlacopan Aztec Dancers from México always impress their audiences with intense energy and thorough cultural presentations.  

Pow-Wows are the coming together of Native American tribes to honor their ancestors and renew their traditions and heritage through dancing, singing, music, dress, and food.

The feature entertainment isn’t just fire dancing—world champion hoop dancer Daniel Tramper, and flutist of the year Douglas Blue Feather will dazzle the public with their skillful precision at their respective crafts.

In addition to custom dancing, the passing down of songs and storytelling are critical for the survival of any culture. To hear riveting and entertaining tales, be sure to listen to Lance White Eagle oratory. Indian Music of the Andes Mountains by Malkuri will also be in the air.

Another spectacular vision quest at an authentic Pow Wow is the palate of color woven throughout the festivities. For that, one needs look no further than the North American Iroquois Veterans Association Color Guard. Dazzling color empowers the soul with energy and excitement. If your heart is pounding, it just might stop when the tomahawk throwing demonstrations hit the bull’s eye.

But the signature events at Pow-Wows are the elaborate Native American cultural dancing competitions, offering more than $9,000 in prize money. 

According to its press release, the Great Mohican Indian Pow-Wow has been named one of the top shows in North America. The 25th edition of this remarkable annual celebration seeks to provide the best talent and widest variety of festivities ever.

The Pow-Wow emphasizes lifestyles, fellowship, and competition among tribes. In addition to the Native foods, stories, music, dancing and drum competitions, there are original Native American creations by more than 40 traders, artisans and crafters. Wares on display and for sales include pottery, bead working, knife making, silversmithing, quill working, antler works, fur trading, wood and bone carving, leather work, basket weaving, paintings and jewelry.

The Pow-Wow will be hosted by Mohican Reservation Campgrounds, located at 23270 Wally Road South in Loudonville, Ohio. Show dates are July 10 – 12, 2009 and again September 18 – 20, 2009. Admission is $8/adult, $14 for a 2-day pass, $21 for a three day pass. Kids’ admission, ages 6-12, is $$4/child, $6 for a 2-day pass, $9 for a three day pass. Special discounts are available to colleges, groups, scouts, teachers, seniors and veterans. For complete information or directions, phone 1-800-766-CAMP (2267) or visit www.mohicanpowwow.com.





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