INTERTRIBAL GATHERING SET AT FORT ROBINSON STATE PARK

Posted 4 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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Fort Robinson State Park will again celebrate Native American culture during one of the High Plains’ premier powwows.

The 15th annual Intertribal Gathering will be Friday through Sunday, June 13-15, featuring traditional dancing, drumming and singing in a family-friendly environment. The event annually attracts hundreds of dancers and spectators.

Grand entries are scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and noon Sunday under the direction of master of ceremonies Cetan Wanbli Williams. A wide array of activities will complement the dancing, including a 5k run, storytelling and the crowning of a princess. Vendors selling Native American crafts, food and other items, also will be on-site.

The events are open to the public free of charge, but vehicles are required to have a Nebraska park entry permit. The permit can be purchased online at www.outdoornebraska.org or at the park headquarters.

More information is available at “current projects” link at www.panhandlercd.com, the website of event sponsor Panhandle Resource Conservation & Development.

The schedule:

Friday, June 13: 10 a.m., ground blessing; Noon, vendors open; 3 p.m., registration for contest dance; 5 p.m., honor meal; 7 p.m. grand entry followed by warm-up dancing

Saturday, June 14: 8 a.m., registration for 5K run, half-K for children and run/walk for seniors; 8:30 a.m., run begins and vendors open; Noon, welcome and storytelling by Richard Williams; 1 p.m., grand entry; 5:30 p.m., honoring ceremony; 7 p.m. grand entry/crowning of princess

Sunday, June 15: 11 a.m., storytelling by Richard Williams; Noon, grand entry

Photo: Dancers perform during the 2013 Intertribal Gathering at Fort Robinson State Park. (NEBRASKAland Magazine/Justin Haag)