13th annual ATTEAN FAMILY POW WOW
@ MAINE WILDLIFE PARK
Join Native American Tribal representatives from Maine, New England & around the country on both Saturday and Sunday, August 12th & 13th at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray for two full days with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths. This year, don’t miss all of these popular activities, with food, music & Grand Entry presented each day.
This very popular event is a celebration of Native American heritage and culture, offering entertainment, education and fun all weekend long. Come see many returning performers and vendors as well as new dancers, musicians, traders, and food!
Grand Entry occurs at 12noon each day. Grand Entry is the ceremonial start to the Pow Wow, and includes the presentation of the Park’s Bald Eagle, unique because it’s one of only a few Pow Wows nationwide including participation of a live bald eagle.
Fun for all ages, children will even get to dance with our own ‘Kennebago Bear’ and ‘Moxie Moose’ mascots! There are also many opportunities to learn about Native American history through ceremony, music, dancing, storytelling, historical artifacts and replicas.
There will be several great features at this year’s event. Host Drum will be the Split Feather Singers, a group of natives from all over New England. Other entertainment will include Wolf Cry Singers, a group of Native women singing traditional songs, Black Hawk Singers, Walking Bear Singers and Grandmothers Tears Singers. Badgers Den Native Foods is a popular food option!
The Penobscot tribe, together with the Mi'kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy, and Abenaki Indians, were once members of the old Wabanaki Confederacy. The Abenaki" and "Wabanaki" have the same Algonquian root, meaning "people from the east." There are approximately 3000 Penobscot Indians now, most of whom live in Maine.
The Attean family of the Penobscot Indians, have lived both on and off of Indian Island, as well as in and around Old Town, Maine. Theirs is a well-respected family of renowned craftspeople, who create hand-made beautiful and intricate baskets for both display and work; birch-bark canoes; walking sticks; beaded jewelry and many other crafts. Their expert craftsmanship can be found at the annual Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market; and the Common Ground Country Fair.
The Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park Barbeque will provide plenty of great eats for all on each day! Native American crafts, singing, dancing, educational & cultural information and children’s games will be ongoing throughout each day.
This event is a must-see for the whole family and an exciting opportunity to learn more about Native American culture & heritage. The Pow Wow will run all day, each day, rain or shine.
2017 POW WOW SATURDAY/SUNDAY SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9:30 am – 4:30 pm: Vendors, Entertainment, Children’s Games, Cultural Information
12:00 pm – Grand Entry
2:00 –5:30 – Individual performances, music, dancing, drumming, and wildlife appearances
Make your plans now to join tribal representatives from Maine, New England and around the country, rain or shine, for the 13th annual wildlife park Pow Wow.