Veterans Pow Wow

Veterans Pow Wow

Early November
The annual Veterans Pow Wow in Topeka, Kans., honors service veterans and active-duty U.S. service personnel on a date close to Veterans Day in early November. Hosted since 2001 by the Awi Akta District of the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory, the event was held at Washburn University before moving to the Gage Park Zoo Shelter House in 2007.
The Pow Wow uses traditional Native American dancing and drumming. It includes a color guard from the local community and a special tribute to a veteran from among tribe members. Dancers and musicians in formal regalia participate in a drum circle and gourd dancing; all drums are welcome. The event, which includes Native American craft and food vendors, is attended by about 400 people.
CONTACTS:
Awi Akta District of the Northern Cherokee Nation of the Old Louisiana Territory
4327 S.W. 17th Terr.
Topeka, KS 66604
785-266-8248
awiakta.org
SOURCES:
PatHols-2006, p. 259
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