LaFayette will play host to a very special event this weekend. For the first time, a Native American Pow Wow and Festival will take place in the city, bringing two days of history, culture and education to Chambers County.
The Pow Wow and Festival is coming here thanks to a partnership between the Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Alabama Indian Affairs Commission. It will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Chambers County Agricultural Park.
The event will feature Native American living history, crafts and skills demonstrations, music, story telling, competition dancing, traditional foods and craftsmen and artisan vendors.
The Pow Wow and Festival will open on Friday as an educational event for local school children from 8 am CST until 2 pm. From 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday and from 10 am until 6 pm Saturday, the festivities will be open to the general public.
Some highlights of the Pow Wow and Festival include an “East meets West” display that offers a comparison of Eastern Woodland Indians and Western Tribes demonstrating primitive lifestyles of the 1800s. It will include displays of full encampments of both peoples as well as live staged performances. “East meets West” will take place on Friday at 6:45 pm and at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Saturday.
Native American dancing activities will be featured throughout the weekend. The “First Dance” will take place at 6:10 pm on Friday and at 10:30 am on Saturday, featuring native dancers only. At 6:20 pm on Friday and at 10:50 am on Saturday, the “Social Dance” will begin, in which everyone is invited to take part in a dance circle led by native dancers. The native dancers will assist those that desire to learn the proper steps.
Saturday afternoon starting at 1:10 pm, the first “Competition Dance” will take place. This involves registered dancers competing for recognition of their skill in specific dance categories in appropriate Native American regalia. The “Competition Dance” will take place at 3:00 pm and at 5:00 pm on Saturday.