The Fort Independence Paiute Tribe is very excited to announce they will be presenting their first Native American POW WOW in almost 30 years this coming September.
POW WOW committee member and Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Priscilla Naylor states “Pow Wow is a wonderful way to present our cultural heritage to our own Native American community and to our Eastern Sierra neighbors and visitors” said Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Priscilla Naylor. “POW WOW provides an opportunity to share our historic customs and traditions. It’s an important tool to help keep our ancestral past alive”.
The Fort Independence POW WOW will feature traditional dance contests for adults and youth, drum groups, interpretive displays, singing, food, vendors and more.
All of the events will be held on Tribal grounds which are located about 2 ½ miles north of the town of Independence on Highway 395. The dates for the Fort Independence POW WOW will be September 20-22 and all the events will be open to the public.
The Fort Independence Paiute Tribe has approximately 140 members and is one of the oldest recognized tribes in the Owens Valley. The tribe operates a convenience store, truck stop, RV Park and casino just north of Independence and provides employment for about 20 southern Inyo county residents.
For more information on the 2012 Fort Independence POW WOW contact Dwoodruff@fortindependence.com