August 30, 2006
60th Annual Shinnecock Powwow
From Friday to next Monday, over 40 tribes and nations will join together with the local Shinnecock in the annual Pow-wow, a cultural celebration and fundraiser for the Shinnecock Nation and its Presbyterian Church. A pow-wow highlight will be the intertribal dance and singing competitions.
Some headlining contemporary performers are the Shinnecock's own Thunder Bird Sisters, winners of the 2001 Native American Music Award for best country folk group and Litefoot, the Cherokee rapper from Oklahoma, who in 2005 won the Native American Music Award for Artist of the year.
Demonstrations will be given in bow and arrow making, archery, stone, wood and antler carving, and other traditions. The grounds will be open on Friday, from 3 to 10 p.m., with the grand entry at 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, from 1 to 10 p.m., with the grand entry at noon and 7 p.m., respectively; and on Monday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a grand entry at noon.
Tickets are $10 for adults/$7 for seniors (55 and up), children five to 12, and for groups of 35 or more. The Reservation can be found off Montauk Highway, Rt. 27 A, two miles west of Southampton. Buses are welcome and parking is free. The festival will go ahead rain or shine.