Witness 50 different tribes of Native Americans sharing their culture through dance, music and artifacts at the 30th annual Paumanauke Pow Wow this weekend in Lindenhurst.
The Pow Wow will host more than 50 vendors, hundreds of dancers and thousands of spectators, says Sonny “Three Mountains” Campbell, 80, a Mojave tribe native currently from Central Islip who has been chairman of the event for the past 18 years.
“We try to pay homage to all of the different tribes. We get everyone from the West Coast to Arizona,” he says. “We see a lot of Navajo and Mohawks from upstate New York and we’ve even had people from Alaska.”
The Pow Wow will feature a dance competition that will offer a cash prize to the winners. Dances will include the fancy dance for men, shawl dance for women, tradition jingle dress, basic tribal dance, social dance and even an Aztec dance group, which is known to be very colorful.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15 by the Babylon Citizens Council on the Arts at the Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst. Tickets are $8 ($4 for seniors and children older than 5).
Proceeds will benefit the Native American Scholarship Fund, which provides seven tribally-enrolled Native American Indians scholarships to pursue secondary education.
For more information visit paumanauke.org.