The Veteran’s PowWow LLC holds an annual PowWow celebration in Clearfield County, PA. A PowWow is a gathering of people interested in learning about and sharing in Native American culture through dance, music, and craft.
The PowWow is conducted by a group of people from Western Pennsylvania who have varying degrees of expertise in Native American culture. Members of the organization have been taught by Native American elders over the course of several decades and college courses. Members continue to maintain their understanding through continued contact with those elders; educational opportunities and research; and active participation in PowWows throughout the United States.
The PowWow occurs on the second weekend in November in Clearfield, PA. The activity helps this group of people to promote ongoing learning opportunities throughout the entire weekend. Spectators and scouting groups are encouraged to participate in dancing, talking with dancers, craft contests and instructor led discussion groups and demonstrations. Instructors are chosen for their knowledge and expertise on the various aspects of Native American culture.
Set-up for the PowWow begins Friday afternoon around 4:00 pm and continues until 8:00 pm. Activities begin again on Saturday at 9:00 am and last until 10:30 pm. The same routine is repeated again on Sunday however activities terminate about 6:00 pm. Organizational commitments by various members of the organization varies throughout the course of the year and averages about 10 hours a piece.
The PowWow is currently funded in three ways, contributions from organizational members, donations from non-members, and an onsite auction of donated craft items. The 501 c(3) status will allow us to pursue grant funds and assistance from the local chamber of commerce and tourism authority.