2019 Otis Black Bear Memorial Pow Wow
Join us for the Annual Otis Black Bear Memorial Pow Wow on June 1-2, 2019 at the Owl’s Landing Campground in Holderness, New Hamphire. Experience American Indian singing, dancing, drumming and flute music, representing various tribes, styles and categories. In addition, there will be American Indian vendors, as well as demonstrations, and other activities.
For non-natives, the Otis Black Bear Memorial Pow Wow is a chance to experience a new and different culture. For Native Americans, it is a chance to reaffirm connections to community, family and spirituality. A Powwow is many voices of many nations coming together.
The Pow wow experience can be overwhelming for the newcomeer. Each element, from the spectacular grand entry led by veterans in full regalia to the heartbeat of the drums, is full of meaning, although first-timers should not let this discourage them. A Master of Ceremonies leads the Otis Black Bear Memorial Pow Wow to set the tone and explain what is happening as the Pow Wow develops.
Pow Wow Hours
Gates open at 10:00 AM Daily
Grand Entry at 12:00 Noon (sharp) Daily
Mourner’s Feast: Friday night for those who have lost a loved one this year.
Dry camping will be available; No hookups available unless you rent a campsite.
Owl’s Landing Campground
245 Route 3
Holderness, NH 03245
For More Information: Sandy 603-651-8769 or Peter 603-630-4757
Etiquette at the Otis Black Bear Memorial Pow Wow
Native American Pow Wows are social events. They should be fun – see beautiful regalia and breathtaking performances, as well as reunite with old friends and meet new ones – but, keep in mind that Pow Wows are also cultural events infused with tradition. Appropriate dress and behavior is required in the Dance arena. Anyone unwilling to abide by this rule will be asked to leave by the Arena Director or Emcee. (If you are going to dance, please wear dance clothes.)
If at any time you are uncertain of procedure or etiquette, please check with the MC, Arena Director, or head singer. They will be glad to help you with your questions. If taking pictures, asked the dancer first. Remember common courtesy and ask permission. Group photographs are usually alright to take, but you might want to ask first anyhow.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Otis Black Bear Memorial Pow Wow the first weekend of June at the Owl’s Landing Campground in Holderness, New Hamphire.
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