2019 AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow
Join us for the 51st Annual AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow on May 25-26, 2019 at the 4H Camp Marshall in Spencer, Massachusetts. The AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow features Native American dances, drumming, kids’ activities, craft display, and vendors selling Native American crafts, supplies and handmade items.
Afternoon and evening inter-tribal dance sessions will be held on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1:00 PM. Spectators are welcome to join many of the dances, so bring your dancing shoes (or mocassins). A special Gourd Dance will be held 11:00 AM Saturday morning.
AIS Members: $10 Adult, $4 Youth (12-17), $2 (under 12)
Non-Members: $18 Adult, $8 Youth (12-17), $5 (under 12)
Day Visitors Admission
$7 Adult, $3 Child (under 12)
Overnight camping is available for powwow participants.
Camper Vehicles: $15/day without electricity; $25/day w/limited electrical hookup
Pow Wow Head Staff
Host Drum: Four Winds
Guest Drums: Blackstone Valley & Black Thunder
Head Man Dancer: Rick Salazar, Glens Falls, NY
Head Lady Dancer: Faith Bullock, Stonewall, TX
Head Gourd Dancer: Dick Hynes, Franklin, MA
Head Veteran: Art Tate, Blue Cross, IA
Chairman: Jason Lantagne
Arena Directors: Thetford Family
Feast: Hendrick Family
Emcees: Ed Bullock & Al Caron
AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow Schedule (subject to change)
9:00 AM Check In & Setup
8:30 AM Gates open to Public & Members Meeting
9:00 AM Flag Raising & Guord Dance
9:30 AM Seminars
10:00 AM Kid’s Activities
11:30 AM Hand Drum Exhibition
12:00 PM Singers, Head Staff, Committee Lunch
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Dance Session w/Exhibitions, Spot Dances & Kid’s Dances
4:30 PM Feast
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Night Dance Session
8:30 AM Flag Raising
10:00 AM Artifact Sale
10:30 AM Seminars/Displays
12:00 PM Gourd Dance
1:30 – 4:30 PM Afternoon Dance Session
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM Night Dance Session
Pack up and Safe Journey Home
For more information:
Drum Coordinators: Chris Tate (email@example.com) & Jason Lantagne (508-889-0582 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vendors: Paula Wood (email@example.com)
Raffles: Karen Blood
General Information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
All pets are required to be leased and owners of dogs must show valid license tags at registration.
AIS Pow-wows: Traditionally, the American Indianist Society sponsors two major pow-wows. One is held during the Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May (AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow) and the other during Columbus Day Weekend in October (AIS Homecoming Powwow). These coincide with the three day holiday weekends. Throughout the year, there are many pow-wows which are supported by members of the American Indianist Society.
Craft Shows: At pow-wows members display their own craft work and study the craftwork of others. The shows are usually held in the arbor and the craftwork is displayed on blankets or benches. Ribbons are awarded, but awards are really secondary to the learning potential presented to those who attend the show.
Educational Seminars: Periodically, the American Indianist Society sponsors or assists at workshops and seminars on various craft techniques, dance steps, specific regalia, and singing. These workshops are announced in our newsletter, Talking Leaves.
Artifact Sales: Besides being a fund raiser for our organization, artifact sales are one way to recycle items not needed or outgrown with the intention of making them available to someone looking to put an outfit together and could use a good deal. Persons who present items for the artifact sale at the AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow may either donate the item to our organization or receive a percentage of the final auction price with the proceeds going into our general fund.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow at 4H Camp Marshall in Spencer, Massachusetts.
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