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American Indian Intertribal Powwow

September 29 & 30, 2018, at Jamestown Settlement
American Indian Intertribal Powwow at Jamestown Settlement Event Features Song and Dance, Storytelling and Children’s Activities

Jamestown Settlement’s American Indian Intertribal Powwow will return on Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, with song and dance by members of American Indian tribes, storytelling and children’s activities.

Weekend event activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. include:

Singing & Dancing

A Grand Entry with a parade of dancers will take place at 12:30 p.m. each day in a dance circle on the museum mall, followed by an afternoon of singing and dancing until 4:30 p.m. The event will feature Lowery Begay of the Diné as emcee and Clark Stewart of the Chickahominy as arena director. The head man dancer will be Keith Anderson of the Nansemond and head female dancer Nikki Bass of the Nansemond. Singers are drummers include White Buffalo of the Lakota, Yapatoko-Haliwa of Saponi, Thunder Voice of Tuscarora, the Aztec Dancers and the Vietnam Era Veterans Inter Tribal Association color guard.

Flute Music

Enjoy performances by Diné flute player Emerson Begay.

Story Telling

Grace Ostrum of the Accohanock will present American Indian stories each day.

Children’s Activities

Children and families will have the opportunity to make and design their own American Indian rattles.

Powwow drummers at Jamestown Settlement Vendors

Vendors on the museum mall will have a selection of American Indian artwork, pottery and quillwork available for purchase.

Powwow T-shirt pre-order

The Jamestown Settlement Gift Shops will be offering a commemorative T-shirt at this year’s event. To reserve one in advance, please send us an email at shophistoryisfun@jyf.virginia.gov, and let us know the T-shirt size and quantity. The shirts cost $16.99 (Adult Unisex sizes S through XL) and $17.99 (XXL).


About Jamestown Settlement

Jamestown Settlement features an introductory film, expansive exhibition galleries that chronicle the nation’s 17th-century beginnings in Virginia in the context of its Powhatan Indian, English and west central African cultures, and historical interpretation at outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, the three ships that brought America’s first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607, and a colonial fort.

Admission, Directions & Hours

Jamestown Settlement, located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road), is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The daytime event is included with admission: $17.00 for adults, $8.00 for ages 6 through 12, and children under 6 are free. A combination ticket is available with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

Residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William and Mary students, receive free admission with proof of residency.

Dancers participating in the “American Indian Intertribal Powwow” event receive free admission.

The special event is sponsored in part by James City County.

Updated August 2018