PEMBROKE — The inaugural BraveNation Powwow and Gathering is scheduled for March 18 in the gym of the English E. Jones Athletic Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Everyone is invited to join the BraveNation as it celebrates the rich history and culture of America’s indigenous peoples. The powwow and gathering features competition dancing, an alumni reception, and recruitment activities for American Indian high school students.
This is an alcohol and drug-free event.
Doors open to the public at 10 a.m. and the grand entry is at noon. A dinner break and the alumni reception will begin at 4 p.m. Dancing resumes at 5 p.m.
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for elders who are ages 60 and older. It is free for children age 6 and under as well as UNCP students with a UNCP ID. Advance tickets can be purchased for $4 from the Givens Performing Arts Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To receive $1 off the regular admission price, bring three non-perishable items to the powwow. Dancer registration is $5 per contest, while drum registration is $25. Vendor registration is $50, with the vendor registration form available at www.uncp.edu/powwow. A commemorative T-shirt is available for $15.
The dance categories and prize amounts are:
Drum contest: first, $500; second, $350; and third, $175.
Dance contest categories include men’s traditional, women’s traditional, men’s fancy, women’s fancy, men’s chicken and grass; women’s jingle. There are divisions for teens, ages 13 to 17; junior, ages 6 to 12; Tiny Tot, age 5 and under.
For more information, please visit www.uncp.edu/powwow, email [email protected], or call 910-775-4579.