North Platte Pow Wow
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North Platte Pow Wow
The theme for the 2021 Pow Wow is “Honoring our Veterans”. The Pow Wow will include Native American singing and drumming, contest dancing and several honoring specials. Arena Director Hermus Bettleyoun Sr will be directing the activities in the arena and emcee Frank Jamerson will contribute color commentary and educate the spectators on different aspects of the dance and drumming, Native culture, art and lifestyles. Nebraska Senator Tom Brewer, a 36-year Army veteran and a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe will be a special guest, and the honoring specials will be for all veterans, whether spectators or participants.
The 2021 Pow Wow has been selected by the Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park to be its official celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Nebraska State Parks system. At this time seventeen vendors are confirmed, coming from all across the country with wares ranging from a variety of Native American food, hand crafted jewelry and beadwork, blankets, and stuffed animals. More will be added by the day of the event. The pow wow will feature traditional, fancy, jingle dress and grass dancers in three age categories. There will also be specials for Golden Age, Tiny Tots and Veteran participants. Of special local interest will be the Men’s Chicken Dance, which mimics the dancing rituals of the Greater Prairie Chicken.
North Platte has many events that celebrate our heritage. We remember the contribution Buffalo Bill made to the mystique of the west, our transportation history and the memory of the North Platte Canteen. What has been missing for many years is a recognition of our area’s Native American heritage. Pow Wows are the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones. This is a time-honored ritual to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.
Grand Entries (signaling the opening of the competitions) are scheduled for Friday July 9 at 7pm, Saturday July 10 at 1pm and 70m, and Sunday July 11 at 1pm. Admission is $15 for a weekend pass, or $7 per day. Veterans get in free.
The North Platte Pow Wow is hosted by Operation Christmas Card, a non-profit organization headquartered in North Platte. Operation Christmas Card provides care packages to active-duty military personnel during the Christmas season. The care packages may include food, clothing, personal care products and games. The goal of the organization is to send out 500 care packages each year.