Nottoway Indian powwow this weekend in Surry County
9/16/2016, 7:23 p.m.
The Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia will host a powwow Saturday, Sept. 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18, at the Surry County Parks and Recreation Center, located at the intersection of state Routes 10 and 31 in Surry.
The Grand Entry is noon Sept. 17 and 1 p.m. Sept. 18.
Saturday’s festivities will include demonstrations on Native American survival techniques from John “Blackfeather” Jefferies, and a presentation at the Nottoway History Booth from historian Dr. Buck Woodard.
Dr. Woodard’s talk, “The 18th Century Indian Trader,” will explore the politics and economics of trade, war and diplomacy in Colonial Virginia.
Lynette Lewis Allston is chief of the Nottoway tribe.
Both days of the powwow will feature extensive native dancing, drumming, children’s activities, crafts, demonstrations and health education.
The honor guard of the Vietnam Era Veterans Inter-Tribal Association, or VEVITA, will participate on Sept. 18.
Professionals from the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Minority Veterans will be on site both days to connect veterans to health care and information on pension and burial benefits.
Admission is $5 for ages 13 to 64 and $3 for ages 65 and older. Children age 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult.
Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.