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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


You Are Invited to the 27th Annual Meherrin Nation Pow Wow Oct 9-10-11, 2015

The Meherrin Nation located in Ahoskie, Hertford Co, NC is hosting their annual pow wow on the weekend of October 9th, 2015. Please note that the original dates have changed for the pow wow because of potentially detrimental weather conditions.

Please come out and support our Meherrin friends and family for this important cultural event. All are invited. See the below flyer for event details including location and contact info.

Meherrin Pow Wow

The Meherrin Nation are a state-recognized tribe and their chief is Wayne Brown.

Chief Wayne Brown Source: Meherrin Nation
Chief Wayne Brown
Source: Meherrin Nation

You can learn more about Meherrin tribal history and culture on their website:

Meherrin people refer to ourselves as Kauwets’a:ka, meaning “People of the Water.” We are an Iroquois nation- close relatives of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) with whom we share deep historical and cultural ties.

Source: http://meherrinnation.org/

Also check out this excellent video from last year’s Meherrin pow wow which includes photographs set to Ulali’s “Going Home” and ends with a fantastic smoke dance.

Meherrin seal