By: Terry Harris | Email: Click Here
Posted: September 20, 2019 | 3:45 p.m.
SURRY – As the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia prepares to hold their annual fall powwow on September 21 – 22 to celebrate the history and culture of the tribe, again this year the event promises to bring a rich exhibition of intertribal dancing, storytelling, educational exhibits, Native American cooking and vendors and crafts.
During the Pow Wow, the Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia Citizens go to great lengths to “present historically accurate representation and balanced interpretations of events and personalities,” according to their facebook page. To that end, this year’s Pow Wow also will include a special area on Saturday where Dr. Buck Woodard, currently at American University, will be available to share his research and perspectives with attendees at 2 p.m. He also will be available for discussion throughout the day in the educational area on the east side of the grounds.
Pat Bernshausen, Tourism Coordinator for Surry County, describes the annual powwow as, “one of my favorite events!” adding, “It is really two days of fun with family and friends, but there are clearly educational and spiritual elements there too. It brings people together from great distances and varied backgrounds. One gains a better understanding of the importance of family, tradition, respect and environmental stewardship by attending the Pow Wow.”
The event is open to the public, and Gates open Saturday, September 21 at 10 a.m. with the Grand Entry to begin at noon. General Admission, 13 – adult is $5, Seniors (65 and older) and children $3. Children under 3 will be admitted free of charge, as will youth 12 and under when accompanied by an adult. The event will continue on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., and the site for both days will be the grounds of Surry Parks and Recreation Center, 205 Enos Farm Drive, Surry, VA 23883.