52nd Annual Haliwa-Saponi Pow Wow April 14-16, 2017

It’s that time again! The third weekend in April is when the annual Haliwa-Saponi Pow Wow takes place in recognition of when the tribe was officially granted “state-recognition” status.


If you plan on being in the area this weekend, stop on by. All are welcome!

The tribal grounds are located in Hollister which is in Halifax County, North Carolina, very close to the Warren County border. The physical address is: 130 Haliwa Saponi Trail, Hollister NC 27844. Please visit the Haliwa-Saponi website or call the tribal office at (252) 586-4017 if you need directions to the tribal grounds and for more info: http://haliwa-saponi.com/

The annual pow wow is a very special event and will be filled with dancing, drumming, singing, art vendors and more. It is also a time for tribal members who live away from home to come back and reunite with family and friends.

Here is a short video provided by videographer David James from last year’s pow wow which highlights some of the sights and sounds that you can expect to see this weekend:

Another short video provided by David James shows one of our top North Carolina drum groups: Warpaint, jamming at last year’s pow wow:

And finally a video provided by the North Carolina Arts Council in which tribal members Marty Richardson and Senora Lynch are interviewed and discuss the connections between the modern pow wow and Native American identity:

So please come on out and enjoy this beautiful event!

Some tips:

1. This is a rural area, so cell phone reception will be spotty. It is a good idea to print out directions beforehand if you are not familiar with the area and make plans ahead of time to meet family/friends.

2. Pow wow tickets are already on sale at the tribal office. Avoid the lines and purchase your tickets ahead of time.

3. Pow wow t-shirts are also already on sale and can be picked up at the tribal office. If you are unable to attend the pow wow, you can still order t-shirts to be sent by mail by contacting the tribal office.

4. Make sure to visit the arts and food vendors at the pow wow. These are all Native American owned and operated businesses and they need your support and patronage.

Unfortunately, I am unable to attend the pow wow, so I am sending all my love and support to my family this weekend for a successful pow wow. I descend from the Haliwa-Saponi Richardson family (my mom’s great-grandma was Virginia Richardson from Hollister) and I will be writing some blog posts that explore the genealogy of core tribal families such as Richardson, Lynch, Hedgepeth, Silver, Evans and more.

Haliwa Saponi tribal seal


4 thoughts on “52nd Annual Haliwa-Saponi Pow Wow April 14-16, 2017

  1. I am descended from Edward Bass sr, Edward Bass jr, prudence Bass, Cullen Bass, Gabrial Bass, Thomas g Bass. His daughter Cora Bass married a Warren. Their daughter Orie my paternal grandmother.. any info about this lineage is appreciated.


    1. Hi Larry,

      Thank you for commenting. Unfortunately, there are alot of faulty Bass family tree online which add to the challenge of researching the Bass family. It appears some researchers have conflated the identities of Cullen Bass of Georgia who was the father of your Gabriel Bass with the Cullen Bass who was born in Granville Co, NC to Jesse Day/Prudence Bass.
      I’ll try my best to explain the mixup.

      Cullen Bass b. 1795 was a “free person of color” born in Granville County, NC. He was born out of wedlock to Jesse Day and Prudence Bass and as a result, was bound out as an apprentice twice in the Granville County court (I have records of this). Cullen Bass was married at least three times – to a woman named Cynthia (maiden name unknown because no marriage record found), to Ann Elizabeth Mayho on 14 Dec 1835 in Orange Co, NC, and to Elizabeth Curtis on 22 Nov 1859 in Orange Co, NC. Cullen Bass is enumerated in the following censuses: 1840 as a free person of color head of household in Orange Co, NC; 1850 as a “mulatto” in Person Co, NC with wife Cynthia; and 1860 as a “mulatto” in Granville Co, NC with wife Bettie (this is Elizabeth “Bettie” Curtis whom he married the previous year in 1859). I have not been able to locate his estate records yet so I don’t have a precise death date for him, but the 1860 census is the last census he was enumerated in. If you’re not familiar with the geography – Granville, Person, and Orange are counties that all borderered one another.

      This is the info on the Cullen Bass who was the father of your Gabriel Bass. He is enumerated in the 1830 census in Newton Co, Georgia head of household of 6 white persons; 1840 census enumerated in Harris Co, Georgia head of household of 12 white persons; 1850 census enumerated in Harris Co, Georgia as a white head of household with a wife named Dovey; and 1860 enumerated in Muscogee Co, Georgia as a white head of household with a wife named Dovey (“Duffey”). He was deceased by 1868 when his estate records are filed Harris Co, Georgia which name his widow Dovey as excecutor of his estate.

      So you can see these are two very different Cullen Basses. One was being enumerated as a “free person of color” living in North Carolina, while the other was being enumerated as “white” living in Georgia. They are also shown with different wives. As to who the father of your Cullen Bass is, I would go back to that 1830 census in Newton Co, Georgia which is the first time we see Cullen Bass enumerated. Right next to him is a William Bass, head of household, aged 40-50 years. This would be the right age range to be Cullen Bass’ father. We also know that Cullen Bass was born in North Carolina, so this William Bass should be found in earlier North Carolina census records. There is a William Bass head of household in the 1800 and 1810 censuses in Sampson Co, North Carolina and I suspect that this is the same William Bass in the 1830 census in Newton Co, Georgia. The geography also makes sense to me because I do know that a number of families from the southern counties of North Carolina – Sampson, Robeson, Cumberland, Anson, etc migrated to Georgia in the early 1800s. This William Bass should be researched further to see if there is more supporting evidence that he is Cullen Bass’ father.

      Best of luck!


  2. Hi kianga. I’ve been reading your blog and I have become very curious as to who your folks are. I’m from hollister and I’m thinking we could be related somewhere along the line. I’m interested in knowing what richardsons your related to.


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