Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s Annual Powwow Underway

MASHPEE – The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe is hosting their 97th annual Powwow this weekend. The theme for this year’s three-day event is “A Traditional Homecoming.”

The annual powwow will continue through Sunday and will, for the first time in years, be held at the traditional Powwow Grounds located next to the tribe’s Community and Government Center on Great Neck Road South in Mashpee.

The Powwow, which began yesterday, will include traditional dance and drumming contests, Wampanoag cuisine, artisans and vendors.

Fireball, a ceremony that offers healing for people who are seriously ill, will kick-off at dusk on Saturday.

The traditional clambake which is prepared by The Lady Hawk Singers, will be held on Sunday afternoon as will the traditional coronation of the Powwow Princess.

For a young woman to be considered as a candidate for “Pow Wow Princess”, she must be between the ages of 16 and 21, single, active in her community, participated in prior Pow Wows and have strong knowledge of her tribe’s history and culture.

Admission to the Powwow is $12 for adults and $10 for children 6 to 12 years old and seniors 65 and over. Admission is free for Children under 5.

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