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40th Tennessee Educational PowWow

The 2021 Annual NAIA Education Pow Wow & Arts Exhibition is ON!

October 15-17, 2021 @ Long Hunter State Park

Dates

FRIDAY • October 15, 2021
SATURDAY • October 16, 2021
SUNDAY • October 17, 2021

Admission

(CASH ONLY)
$8 Adult
$4 Senior Citizen (65+)
$4 Children ages 6 – 12
Children age 5 & under (free)
Handicapped (free)

Location

LONG HUNTER STATE PARK
2910 Hobson Pike, Nashville TN 37076
(east of Nashville, south of Mt Juliet)

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT GATE

2021 Schedule

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

  • 9 AM until
  • Opening Ceremony – 10 AM
  • School day – (Free for students & seniors)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16

  • 9 AM until
  • Opening Ceremony – 11 AM

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17

  • 9 AM until 5 PM
  • Opening Ceremony – 10 AM
Directions
  • From I-24: Take Exit 62 North, Old Hickory Boulevard. Follow signs north to the Pow Wow.
  • From I-40: Take Exit 226-A, Mount Juliet Road South. Follow signs south to the Pow Wow.
Hotel Information

These hotels are approximately 5-8 miles from the Pow Wow grounds:

Econolodge Inn & Suites (HOST HOTEL) • 615-793-3600 • Exit 64 off I-24 East
Ramada • 615-793-9100 • Exit 64 off I-24 East
Quality Inn & Suites •  615-791-9999 • Exit 64 off I-24 East

Parking

Free parking is adjacent to Pow Wow grounds.

Site information: Primitive camping available at Pow Wow. There are no hook-ups and no shower.

Master of Ceremonies
Tim Tall Chief
Arena Director
Bill Takes Horse
Southern Host Drum “Ottertrail”
Otter Trail
Northern Host Drum Group “Medicine Tail”
Medicine Tail
Dancers

Register by NOON Saturday, 16 October
Native Americans ONLY
Entry fee for dancers: $8


Dance Competition

MEN (18-55)

PERFORMANCE1st PLACE2nd PLACE3rd PLACETOTAL
Traditional Dance$700$500$300$1,500
Straight Dance$700$500$300$1,500
Fancy Dance$700$500$300$1,500
Grass Dance$700$500$300$1,500

WOMEN (18-55)

PERFORMANCE1st PLACE2nd PLACE3rd PLACETOTAL
Buckskin Dance$700$500$300$1,500
Cloth Dance$700$500$300$1,500
Fancy Dance$700$500$300$1,500
Jingle Dance$700$500$300$1,500

BOYS (13-17)

PERFORMANCE1st PLACE2nd PLACE3rd PLACETOTAL
Traditional Dance$300$200$100$600
Straight Dance$300$200$100$600
Fancy Dance$300$200$100$600
Grass Dance$300$200$100$600

GIRLS (13-17)

PERFORMANCE1st PLACE2nd PLACE3rd PLACETOTAL
Buckskin Dance$300$200$100$600
Cloth Dance$300$200$100$600
Fancy Dance$300$200$100$600
Jingle Dance$300$200$100$600

JUNIORS & SENIORS

 1st PLACE2nd PLACE3rd PLACETOTAL
JUNIOR BOYS (6-12)$150$100$75$325
JUNIOR GIRLS (6-12)$150$100$75$325
SENIOR MEN (56 +)$700$500$300$1,500
SENIOR WOMEN (56 +)$700$500$300$1,500


NOTE: All categories require appropriate regalia. Regalia must be complete.

Contact Bill Wells c/o [email protected] or (615) 232-9179.

Native American crafts only.

Vendors must submit application by October 1st for booth space.

Sponsors

The Pow Wow performance is funded in part by a grant from SouthArts, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development.

We are forever grateful to Debby Neely, Wade Payne, Aubrey Watson, Rachel Deeb and a myriad of other gifted photographers who have given unselfishly of their time and talent to capture textures, colors, and pageantry of our Pow Wows through the years.

Pow Wow Etiquette and Tips

For our patrons, we ask you to consider the following to make the Pow Wow an enjoyable experience for all.

  • Honor and Respect the Pow Wow. Pow Wow is a sacred event. Ceremonial songs and dances will be performed.
  • Respect the Elders. Please do not talk while they are speaking on the public address system.
  • Dress Appropriately. Revealing clothing is considered disrespectful.
  • Listen to the Emcee. He keeps the singers, dancers, and general public informed of what is happening.
  • Do Not Touch the Dancers or Their Regalia. The ornaments and dress are considered sacred objects and/or family heirlooms.
  • Ask Permission Before Taking a Photo or Recording. Do not enter the dance arena for a photo. Refrain from taking photographs of young children who are not your family members.
  • Respect the Flag Song. The Flag Song or Indian National Anthem is sung when the American Flag is raised or lowered. Please stand and remove hats during the singing of this song.
  • Seating Around the Dancing Circle is Reserved for drummers, singers, and dancers. Bleachers are provided, and you are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs.

If you have any questions, the emcee, Arena Director, dancers, elders, or staff are happy to help. Enjoy and have fun!

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