LOUDONVILLE — Native American dancers will converge at the Mohican Reservation campground for the 28th annual Great Mohican Pow-wow beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday. The powwow will draw thousands of spectators and participants to Loundonville for this biannual contest and celebration of Native American traditions.
Each day’s activities begin at 10:30 a.m., with special musical performances, storytelling, tomahawk throwing, and fire starting demonstrations. Featured performances include The Tlacopaw Aztec Dancers, song & music of the Andes mountains by Malkuri, flutist Douglas Blue Feather, storyteller Lance White Eagle, and Coyote Dog, tomahawk thrower and fire starter.
Then at 1 p.m., each day the Grand Entry preludes the dancing. The Grand Entry is a procession of all tribal flags, the United States flag, the POW flag, important guests, and all of the dancers. Participants and vendors come from all over the United States and Canada.
Billy Lacy, vendor coordinator, is of the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma. He said he grew up in California, moving there with his family as an infant because of government relocation. He recently moved to Jeromesville, but prior to that he lived in South Dakota and then Mifflin.
“I ranched all my life,” he said, “I either sat on a tractor or a horse.” And until recent years, he also danced at powwows; but now he focusses his energy on his art. He also said he loves the rolling hills and the quiet of central Ohio.
Woody Richards of Pine Ridge, S.D., was the new master of ceremonies in September 2011, and Lacy said he was very popular and they are pleased to have him return.
“His job is not only to inform the public but also to entertain them,” said Lacy. “It’s a very big job to engage the public and help them feel like they’re a part of the powwow. It’s also very important that a powwow like this is educational.”