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2019 4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow

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The 44th Annual 4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow is set for July 5-7, 2019 at the Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee, North Carolina. A three-day event of authentic Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia, the Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow combines song and movement with competition. The 4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow is the largest powwow on the east coast, drawing contestants and spectators from all over the world. Don’t miss the Grand Entry at the beginning of each dance “session”, when as many as 500 dancers come into the arena together and dance for points.

4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow

The Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow features fireworks of the type that light up the sky on Saturday night, as well as another kind, which means a three-day explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food, and festivities. Dance competitions kick off the excitement with over $60,000 in prize money. Spectators travel cross-country to see a powwow as spectacular as this. So come join us as the ground erupts in a sea of twirling color at the height of our tourist season. This action-packed weekend includes colorful regalia, jaw-dropping dances, and music made to move you. Experience authentic tribal foods, browse traditional Indian crafts, and get an insider’s look at a rich, ancient culture.

4th of July Powwow Fireworks: Saturday, 10pm – 11pm
Enjoy a brilliant display of fireworks over the Acquoni Expo Center as we celebrate Independence Day. Though admission to the 4th of July Powwow is by ticket only, viewing of the fireworks is free to the public and spectators are encouraged to watch from the parking lot.

Public Hours
Gates Open 5 p.m. on Friday, and noon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Admission (cash only)
Adults $12 per day
Children ages 6 and under are admitted for free.

Location
Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center (Old Cherokee High School)
1501 Acquoni Road
Cherokee NC 28719
Phone: 800.438.6492
Email: travel@nc-cherokee.com

Event & Vendor Info: Daniel Tramper 828.497.7128 dtramper@gmail.com

Dance Contest Specials & Categories
Special dance competition categories mean that a wide range of ages are represented. The Tiny Tots/Juniors category is for children under six; Junior Girls/Junior Boys is for adolescents ages 6–12; the Teen Contest if for ages 13–17; Men’s Women’s Dance Contest is for ages 18–49; and Golden Age Men/Women are for ages 50+.

There are a total of about 15 different categories that dancers can compete in. Participants can jump between “special competitions,” such as Men’s Grass Special and Cherokee Warrior Specials.

Performers from all Over
Last year, hundreds of people traveled to Cherokee to perform in the Powwow. Both a “southern host drummer” and a a “northern host drummer” are chosen from around the United States to perform special duties, such as leading the grand entry and playing specialty songs.

4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow - Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center

Powwow Host Drums & Head Staff
Host Northern Drum: To Be Announced
Host Southern Drum: To Be Announced
Emcee: To Be Announced
Arena Director: To Be Announced
Head Dance Judge: To Be Announced
Head Singing Judge: To Be Announced

Event Schedule:

Friday Detail
5 p.m. Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open
12–6 p.m. Registration (begins for dancers at 12 p.m.)
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Presentation of Colors and Grand Entry, Men’s Grass Specials, Tiny Tots/Jr’s, Golden Age Men, Golden Age Women, Women’s Northern Traditional Specials, Women’s Southern Traditional Specials, Cherokee Warrior Specials
10:30 p.m. Concludes Friday Night
Saturday Detail
9 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration
12 p.m. Gates Open
12:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
1 p.m. Grand Entry
1:30 p.m. Tiny Tots, Drum Contest, Smoke Dance Specials “Men’s,” Junior Girls/Junior Boys, Teen Contest, Intertribal, Drum Contests, Men’s/Women’s Dance Contest
5 p.m. Intertribal
5:30–6:30 p.m. Supper Break
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Grand Entry, Tiny Tots/Jr’s, Women’s Contest, Men’s Contest, Smoke Dance Specials “Women’s,” Intertribal, Men’s Fancy Dance Specials
10 p.m. Closing of Powwow and Fireworks
Sunday Detail
12 p.m. Gates Open
1 p.m. Grand Entry/Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Women’s Contest, Men’s Contest, Specials, Men’s Team Dance, Women’s Team Dance, Drum Contest, Ties and Runoffs, Intertribal
6 p.m. Winners Announced

Singing Contests (Northern & Southern separate)
1st $4000 2nd $3000 3rd $2000 4th $1000

Dance Categories & Prizes Detail
Adult Categories
Men’s Golden Age Combined (50+)
Women’s Golden Age Combined (50+)
Men’s & Women’ Categories (18-49)
Men’s Traditional, Grass, Fancy, Straight & Chicken
Women’s No.Traditional, Jingle, Fancy, So.Cloth So.Buckskin
1st $1000 2nd $700 3rd $500 4th $300

Teen Categories (13-17)
Teen Boy’s Tradtional, Grass, Fancy
Teen Girl’ Traditional, Jingle, Fancy
1st $300 2nd $200 3rd $100 4th $50

Special Categories
Spike Drapper Memorial Special $2000
Men’s Fancy Special $250
Chicken Dance Special $250
Team Dance Women $250
Team Dance Men $250
Women’s Jingle $250
Men’s Straight $250
Cherokee Warrior $800

Other Dance Pay Notes
Junior Categories (6-12)
Tiny Tots (5 & Under)
Exhibition Day Money

4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow - Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center

Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss the next 4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow at the Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee, North Carolina.

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