BENNINGTON, VT. — Performers from across the Americas will "rise and shine and come together" for the 10th annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Powwow.
Co-directors Fidel Moreno and Susan Jameson of Healing Winds have presented the annual powwow in and near Berkshire County for many years. This year it will debut in Vermont on Aug. 8 and 9 at the Vermont Veterans Home.
"The Powwow has been moving north," said Jameson, "and Bennington has opened its arms and heart and spirit to this event. It's a gorgeous spot with a pond and flags of the world."
The Grand Entry at 1 p.m. each day will honor Veterans and Vermont's Abenaki Nation; it will be especially moving given the venue, Jameson said.
Powwows are traditionally a time for American Indians to gather in peaceful community and celebrate their heritage through dance, drumming and song, performing social and intertribal dances in regalia with ribbons, feathers, beads and metallic "jingles."
Celtic Indian violinist and flutist Arvel Bird will return this year, along with the spirited Aztec Dancers. Children can listen to folklore storytelling and join in the popular "Candy Dance." A vendor village will offer traditional crafts, decorated leather, wood and silver wares and foods like buffalo and fry bread.
Everyone is welcome, Jameson said.
"The powwow is for Native and non-Native Americans alike to come together and celebrate the beauty of who we are," she said.