Hendricks County will once again host one of the nation’s biggest events promoting awareness and education of the American Indian culture.
National Powwow XVII, which has been held every three years since its inception in 1969, returns to Danville July 6-9 at the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex. The four-day event introduces visitors to a cultural experience filled with traditional singing and dancers in full regalia, primitive skills demonstrations, a living history tipi village, ethnic foods, crafts, artisans, kids’ activities and so much more.
“We are so glad to be back in Hendricks County again,” said Jeff Brewer, festival organizer. “We are excited to showcase the current styles of dance while also celebrating American Indian history and culture.”
The powwow, which debuted in Danville in the summer of 2011 after previous stops in Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Tipton, Ind., attracted more than 850 participants and 2,000 visitors to Hendricks County. Brewer said he hopes to see those numbers increase this year with its return to the same location. Organizers also are expecting about 100 vendors at the event, whose wares will include American Indian jewelry, musical instruments, art and crafts.