12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow
"Rising Like the Water – Great Spirit Comes to Great Barrington"
Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017

Great Barrington Fairgrounds
684 South Main Street
Great Barrington, MA

All tickets purchased at the gate
Rain or Shine – Rain place to be announced

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Pow Wow One Day Admission:

    • Adults - $10.00
      Seniors 65+ and Youth 11-17 - $5.00
      Children 10 and under - $1.00
  • Saturday, August 12, 10am – 7pm, Grand Entry: 1:00pm

    Sunday, August 13, 10am – 6pm, Grand Entry: 1:00pm

    Come Stomp, Dance, Sing and Shake Your Tail Feathers!

    It’s Pow Wow time again! After twelve years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year’s 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and cultural festivities fun for the whole family!

    For two exciting days, Great Barrington, MA will be the center of Native American art and culture where American Indians will gather and share the richness, diversity and beauty of their indigenous ways. The 12th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held at the beautiful Great Barrington Fairgrounds on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th, 2017.

    Uniting in the true spirit of humankind our intertribal pow wow is a unique celebration and sharing of Native culture through traditional songs, dances and art. Traditionally pow wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew, strengthen and share their rich culture. Our pow wow features authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Native Americans ranging in age from toddlers to elders will dance in several different styles including fancy, traditional, grass and jingle dress wearing traditional and contemporary regalia. Well-loved drum groups provide vocal and rhythmic accompaniment for the dancers.

    A variety of American Indian culture is expressed through award winning vendor exhibits of arts, crafts, demonstrations, music, contemporary and traditional foods. Every year our pow wow honors veterans, and shares an indigenous perspective on sustainable living and community. Local not for profit activist organizations will also be represented.

    For the eleventh year, Aaron Athey of the Mohegan Nation is our Master of Ceremonies. Our Head Man Dancer is Urie Ridgeway, Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, and Corey Jackson is our Head Lady Dancer, Nanticoke Indians, Millsboro, Delaware. Our Host Drum is Rez Dogs, a Northern Drum from Indian Island Maine and our Honor Drum is Red Blanket Singers, Intertribal Southern Drum And back by popular demand, The Aztec Dancers will also perform in the pow wow circle.

    Special Honorings

    Our special veteran's honoring and presentation during the Grand Entry on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm is one of the highlights of the pow wow. All veterans and their families are welcome to participate.

    Cedric and Sissy Goodhouse, Hunkpapa Lakota, will be recognized for their ongoing work. Cedric has been involved on many levels as tribal district chairman, community member, spiritual leader and Sundance Drum carrier. Cedric and his wife Sissy have a drum group and organize a traditional pow wow back home in Fort Yates, North Dakota. They still maintain a Water Protector Camp with their own fundraising.

    Rising like the Water

    Standing Rock birthed the Water is Life movement which asks all people to rise in solidarity with the indigenous people of the world to protect our Mother Earth and the water for all future generations.

    The Oceti Sakowin Camp at Standing Rock was a historic gathering of tribes, allies and people from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline. “In honor of our future generations, we fight this pipeline to protect our water, our sacred places, and all living beings.”

    In this spirit our pow wow will share information about sustainable energy, permaculture and offer joyful circles, stories and prayers around water to connect us as one people and learn about sharing resources.

    "We are clearly in a historic and very spiritual time," Iron Eyes said. "Some would call it a time of prophecy." But this is not the only fight about water. The protection of water, the rebalancing of the world, now has a symbol and a memory to carry that story forward.

    Standing Rock has become the call to action and it’s not just about water.

    For more information please contact Susan Jameson at 802-753-6835, or by email.

    “In our way of life, the most honorable place you could hold is that of being a good relative. Walking with our prayers, being generous having compassion for others.
    Show your love and respect with not only your relatives but with every living, moving creature on this planet.
    As human beings, we have one chance one tiny space in time, in eternity to show our respect and gratitude for the life we have been given.
    As we rise with the sun, remember our prayers, and our commitments to hold dear in your heart.
    We Are Protectors . . . . ."

    ~ Paula Antoin


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