Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow
This year’s tenth annual Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities on the beautiful grounds at the Vermont Veterans’ Home, 325 North Street, Bennington, on Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Traditionally, pow wows are gatherings where Native American people meet to dance, sing, renew and share their rich culture. The Rock, Rattle and Drum Pow Wow features Native Americans in tribal regalia, ranging in age from toddlers to elders, who dance in several different styles, with drum groups providing vocal and rhythmic accompaniment. One day tickets, purchased at the gate, are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors 65 and over and youth ages 11 to 17. Children age ten and under are $1. The event will feature special performances by Arvel Bird, a Nammy Award Winner Native American violinist, flute player, singer and storyteller, and the Aztec Dance Group, Danza Azteca. A special presentation honoring Veterans is one of the highlights during the Grand Entry at 1 p.m. on both days. There will also be an honoring of the Abenaki Bands of Vermont. The Pow Wow is sponsored by Healing Winds, a non-profit Native American educational and cultural organization which serves as a resource network for Native American families, educators, schools and university internship programs. Most of our cultural programs, special events and educational activities are produced in the tri-state region of Vermont, Massachusetts and New York. Visit healingwinds.net or call Fidel Moreno at 832-777-8081 or Susan Jameson at 413-443-2481 for information.