Prescott Pow Wow 2016

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Prescott Pow Wow 2016; Elders embracing the Youth.

Once again the dynamic beat of the Pow Wow drums will echo across Watson Lake as the Annual Intertribal Social Pow Wow returns for its 10th year, Friday Sept. 23 through Sunday Sept. 25.

Pow Wow as it is celebrated today is a powerful spiritual link to the past helping to maintain Native Heritage.  It is a time of gathering, learning, sharing and caring. Pow Wow time is also for reuniting with friends and renewing and reinforcing traditions and heritage. Some people travel hundreds of miles for the event.

A Pow Wow has elements of ritual, contest, spiritual remembrance and prayer, celebration, fun, and of course, food.

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In addition to the pulse beat of the music, the weekend brings contests of traditional dancing. Categories of dances are by age, gender and dance style, which include traditions from across North America.

Traditional and not-so-traditional foods are always an important part of Pow Wow gatherings. The smell of fry bread and other mouthwatering food mixes with the drum beat and bright colors of the dancers’ attire for a multi-sensory experience.

Another expression of Native cultures is the vibrant and impassioned art. Booths displaying and selling artwork will be set up on the grassy field at Watson Lake Park.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend, watch and even respectfully participate at the Prescott Pow Wow at Watson Lake. Please always ask permission before photographing or recording any event and never touch the  dancers’ outfits or drums. No drugs, alcohol or pets are allowed at the Pow Wow. An information booth at the entrance will always be staffed by someone to answer any questions you might have about being a good guest at this cultural celebration. For your comfort, you might want to bring your own chairs and plan for any kind of weather.

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So come enjoy a weekend of multi-sensory delights at the 10th annual Prescott Pow Wow at Watson Lake. Feel the heartbeat of the drums. Watch the dancers swirl and stomp to the beat. Let the odors of cooking food make you hungry. Listen to the singers. And savor the traditions and heritage of our Native peoples.

Point of Rocks RV Campground is right next door to Watson Lake. Call us at 928-445-9018 to make a reservation!