July 4-6, 2014
At the 39th Annual Pow Wow at Cherokee,
experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. Dancing with the Stars has nothing on a competition Pow Wow. When strong personal, familial, and spiritual traditions are paired with a healthy dose of competition, it's a festival of drum, song and dance. Hundreds of world-champion dancers and drummers compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. Watch the Traditional, Fancy Shawl, Grass, Two Step, Jingle and the Daniel French Memorial dance competitions. Don't miss the "Grand Entry" march on Friday at 7 PM, Saturday 1 & 7 PM and Sunday at 1 PM.
The Totonac pole flyers of Mexico are back and will once again fly from a ninety-foot pole in a spectacle of swirling color in honor of the sun and Totonac calendar. Craft vendors from across the country will be on site and offer of a variety of items. Food vendors offer burgers, fry bread, meat pies, roasted corn, snow cones, and a variety of cold beverages.
On the 4th of July, watch fireworks at 10 PM.
Friday: Open at 5 PM
Saturday: Open at 10 AM
Sunday: Open 10 AM
The Youth Pow Wow is May 23-25, 2014.
Pow Wow is held at the Acquoni Expo Center (1501 Acquoni Road).
Cherokee is just 52 miles from Asheville via I-40 West to Exit 27, then U.S. 19 to U.S. 441 in Cherokee (Just over an hour's drive).
Download a PDF map of Cherokee.
While you are there, learn more about the Cherokee at the Museum of the Cherokee, Unto These Hills outdoor drama and the Oconaluftee Indian Village.
Festival of Native Peoples
Will NOT be held in 2014
In Cherokee, North Carolina, near Asheville, is an annual gathering of tribes from throughout the Americas takes its rightful place as the finest showcase of native dance, art, and culture in the southeast. Indigenous tribes from across the Americas gather for the Festival of Native Peoples. Considered the finest showcase of native dance, song and art in the southeast, the event honors the collective history, customs and wisdom of some of the oldest documented tribes.
For more info, contact the Cherokee Welcome Center at 1-800-438-1601.