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American Indian Intertribal Powwow

October 7 & 8, 2017, at Jamestown Settlement
Louis Campbell - Lumbee head dancer Event Features Song and Dance, Storytelling and Children’s Activities

Jamestown Settlement will present an American Indian Intertribal Powwow on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8, featuring 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.

American Indian Intertribal Powwow drummers The event will feature David White Buffalo of the Lakhota as emcee and Clark Stewart of the Chickahominy as arena director. The head dancers will be Adrienne Harmon of the Nanticoke and Louis Campbell of the Lumbee. Singers and drummers include Zotigh Singers of the Kiowa, from Oklahoma; Thunder Voices of the Tuscarora, from North Carolina; White Buffalo of South Dakota; and Yapatoko of Haliwa-sapponi, from Virginia.

Basket Workshops

Powhatan Indians in the 17th century made baskets of bark, grasses and vines to carry items harvested on land and from waterways. Visitors can pre-register for a two-hour workshop at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. October 7 and 8 to discover the process of making twined baskets and take it home. Workshops are $20 per person and limited to 15 participants.

Flute Music

Enjoy performances by Diné flute player Emerson Begay.


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

Children’s Activities

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

‘Pocahontas Imagined’ Special Exhibition

Jamestown Settlement visitors also can enjoy the “Pocahontas Imagined” special exhibition, on display through January 28, 2018, that illuminates the reasons behind her enduring legacy as well as her impression on popular culture and art.


Powwow T-shirts 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 Intertribal Powwow! If you would like to reserve one in advance, please send us an email at  and let us know the size and quantity of the tee shirts you want to buy. Pricing: $16.99 (Adult Unisex sizes S through XL) and $17.99 (XXL). We’ll have your purchase ready for your arrival!

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 September 2017