2018 Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow
Don’t miss the nationally acclaimed 32nd Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow on August 31 – September 2, 2018 in Hungry Valley, NV. This FREE, family-friendly annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, over 25 vendors sell traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silverwork, beadwork, baskets and other American Indian art.
Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow
The sound of drums fills the air as hundreds of dancers and participants move around the dance arena, using dance styles and steps that match their dance ‘regalia’. Men will dress and dance in styles such as Northern and Southern Traditional, Fancy Feather Dance, Grass Dance to name those most commonly used. Women, likewise will dress in cloth and buckskin outfits in both Norhtern and Southern Traditional styles, Jingle Dance and Fancy Shawl Dance styles. Inside the pow wow circle, the grand entry begins with more than a hundred dancers grouped by their dress style.
In between dances, many take their energy to the hand games, traditional gambling that has been been played for thousands of years. It’s a guessing game involving animal bones and sticks. The games are accompanied by song and drums, used to distract the opposing team.
The Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow features more than 25 vendors selling native foods like fry bread and handcrafted bead work and blankets to share their native culture with the outside world. Your trip to the powwow grounds will be worth it just for the fry bread!
Pow Wow Schedule
Numaga Princess Contest on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Pow Wow Grand Entry on Friday at 7 p.m.
Hungry Valley Handgames on Friday at 7 p.m.
Warrior Mountain Run & Numaga 3 Mile Walk/Run on Saturday at 8 a.m.
Pow Wow Grand Entry on Saturday at noon
Hungry Valley Handgames on Saturday (continued)
Community Feed on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Pow Wow Grand Entry on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Pow Wow Grand Grand Entry on Sunday at noon
9055 Eagle Canyon Drive
Hungry Valley, Nevada 89441
The event takes place in Hungry Valley, which is just 19 miles north of downtown Reno, nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon.
Elliot Ramirez (775) 250-7013
Christina Thomas (775) 240-3260
Toby Stump (775) 470-1100 – vendors
Anita Talancon (775) 338-3723 – princess contest
History of Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow
The Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute Chief, known for peace. Chief Numaga was a great 19th century leader who had the courage and the vision to counsel against war. Facing severe threats to his people by invading white forces, Numaga repeatedly chose peace. His successful peace negotiations, helped set a precedent for future disputes.
Numaga also has a documented history of trying to preserve the destruction of our aboriginal lands. Numaga called the pine nut groves, the Indian’s orchards and asked whites to collect fallen timber instead of cutting down healthy trees. Unfortunately, Numaga’s early advocacy for Mother Earth fell on deaf ears. Translated from the English language, Numaga means “Give Food.” He passed away in 1871 and is buried in the hills near Wadsworth.
Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
Phone: (775) 250-7013
So, mark your calendar so you don’t miss Don’t miss the Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow in Hungry Valley, Nevada. It’s family-friendly entertainment at it’s best: it’s fun and educational.
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