2019 4th of July Eastern Band Cherokee Nation Powwow
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.
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.
Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center (Old Cherokee High School)
1501 Acquoni Road
Cherokee NC 28719
Event & Vendor Info: Daniel Tramper 828.497.7128 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
Singing Contests (Northern & Southern separate)
1st $4000 2nd $3000 3rd $2000 4th $1000
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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