Bennington >> It's Pow Wow time again! After eleven years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year's 11h Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors and cultural festivities fun for the whole family!
For two exciting days Bennington will be the center of Native American art and culture where American Indians will gather and share the richness, diversity and beauty of their Indigenous culture. The 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Vermont Veteran's Home in Bennington on Saturday and Sunday,.
Uniting in the true spirit of humankind our intertribal pow wow is a unique celebration and sharing of Native culture through traditional songs, dances and art. Traditionally pow wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew, strengthen and share their rich culture. Our pow wow features authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Native Americans ranging in age from toddlers to elders will dance in several different styles including fancy, traditional, grass and jingle dress wearing traditional and contemporary regalia. Well-loved drum groups provide vocal and rhythmic accompaniment for the dancers.
A variety of American Indian culture is expressed through award winning vendor exhibits of arts, crafts, demonstrations, music, contemporary and traditional foods. This year our pow wow will honor Veterans and share an indigenous perspective on sustainable living; the community and local not for profit organizations will also be represented.
Back by popular demand, this year's Pow Wow will feature special performances by Arvel Bird (please see bio below), a Nammy Award Winner Native American violinist, flute player singer and storyteller, and Danza Azteca – the Aztec Dance Group. For the tenth year, Aaron Athey of the Mohegan Nation is our Master of Ceremonies. Rez Dogs is our Host Drum and Red Blanket is our Honor Drum. Hector Rosa LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux from Eagle Butte, South Dakota and Taino from Aguada, Puerto Rico, a northern traditional dancer and singer is our Head Man Dancer and Kiana LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Niantic Pequot and Taino, a competition jingle dress dancer is our Head Lady Dancer. Shealani Kimimila LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Niantic Pequot and Taino, a competition jingle dress dancer is our Head Junior Lady Dancer. Leroy Araujo, our Head Junior Boy Dancer is 17 years old and a member of the Sault Ste Marie Chippewa tribe.
Special Honoring's – Our special veteran's honoring and presentation during the grand entry on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. is one of the highlights of the pow wow. All Veterans and their families are welcome to participate.
The Vermont Veterans' Home is an experienced residential and healthcare campus for Veterans. The staff of the Vermont Veterans' Home work as a team to fulfill America's promise to care for our country's Veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star parents. To truly fulfill the promise they offer clinical care and a wide range of services that are recognized for their effectiveness in patient centered care. Together they strive to create an environment that provides residents with the dignity and respect that they so rightfully deserve.
The Norshaft Lions Club will be parking the cars and this year THERE WILL BE SHUTTLES to the pow wow gate!
The theme of our Pow Wow this year is The 11th Hour, We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For. This year's pow wow will have a circle of elders speaking to the Native American prophecies of these times. They say there are the times the prophecies are coming true. (Press see Hopi Prophecy poem below).
This year Rock Rattle & Drum's fiscal sponsor is the WESPAC Foundation.WESPAC Foundation was established in 1982 to support the work of WESPAC, Westchester People's Action Coalition. From 1974 to 2002, Westchester People's Action Coalition was the regional hub of education and activism for nonviolent social change on a broad range of local, national and international issues. Inspired by a rich history, and proud of its nurturing role, WESPAC Foundation now serves a unique role as a hub for progressive organizing in the county. We connect people with each other, support a wide range of campaigns and strengthen progressive movement building in the county by developing long term relationships with grassroots leaders, unions and environmental groups.
WESPAC's work has included struggling alongside local residents for welfare rights, universal health care coverage, and for justice in the courts; advocating for a moratorium on the death penalty; sending medical and educational aid to Central America; leading the way to divestment by local government from banks doing business in South Africa; standing firm against nuclear weapons and advocating for the use of tax dollars to first and foremost meet our human needs; taking early, strong stands against our neighborhood nuclear power plant, Indian Point, evacuation plans at the historic Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings and spearheading efforts to close Indian Point from its opening in the mid
Vermont Veterans' Home is locate at 325 North St., Bennington. All tickets purchased at the gate, rain or shine.
Pow Wow one day admission: Adults - $8, seniors 65 and over and youth 11 to 17 – $5. Children 10 and under – $1.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, with the grand entry is at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.