The Shinnecock Indian Powwow is one of the largest Native American Gatherings on the East Coast. As we dance upon the earth we are reminded that our culture and love for one another is the resounding heartbeat that transcends all that we face; wherever we face it. We dance upon our drum. The sound of the drum and our footsteps are recorded year after year within the drum that we dance upon. We may be the only Nation that dances upon its drum.
The trees that surround our circle also record our Powwow historical moments within their barks as they grow with the People. We dance with all of our relations, past and present, from nearby and from afar. We welcome home our distant families as well as our guests with open arms and prayers as we share ourselves, our culture, arts & crafts, good food and our ceremonies during each Labor Day weekend.
We begin at 3pm on Friday with our first Grand Entry of dancers from all over the Americas at 7pm. Each day we host competitive dancing, guest entertainment, prayers, ceremonial dances, the acknowledgement of sponsors and visiting dignitaries. We honor our veterans for protecting this life as we know it. Grand Entry re-occurs each preceding day at 12:30pm and 7pm with the exception of Monday. We conclude Monday evening at 6pm with the awarding of prizes to our competing drums and dancers.
We also host 100 Native American arts, crafts and food vendors from all over the Americas. Cultural enrichment and the opportunity for cultural education abounds as Native American representatives from every region are available to demonstrate and share their stories to all who ask.
This celebration of tradition has been fostered by our community leaders and the Shinnecock Church to whom we are forever grateful. Each year as we fill ourselves with the excitement of the upcoming Powwow celebration, we are reminded of the other things we are thankful for. We thank our patrons for joining us each year. May your way continue to be beautiful.