Carson Colony site of Pow-Wow |

Carson Colony site of Pow-Wow

by Lana Hicks

The Lakale’l Be Pow-Wow, honoring our relations, will be held at the Carson Indian Colony Oct. 29-31 during the Nevada Day weekend.

The Carson Indian Community and Pow-Wow Committee will host dancers, singers and Native American vendors with foods and arts and crafts from throughout the United States and Canada. This alcohol- and drug-free event is open to the public for a $3 donation. Children under 6 and elders 55 and older are free.

The doors open Friday at 3 p.m. and the grand entry, led by Little Miss Washo Dawneva Lundy-Bryan and Miss Washo Sari Payne starts 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday the doors open at 10 a.m. Saturday’s grand entries are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday’s grand entry is at noon.

The pow-wow will feature social dances will inter-trails and contest dancing. Competition will be open to all ages.

A cradle-board competition will be open to all mothers with babies in a cradle board. This is always a treat to see as each tribe demonstrates their unique style of beadwork and willow work as well as design.

We will also have a drum contest with both southern and northern styles of singing contestants. Judging is based on timing, readiness at the drum, respect and knowledge of song for each dance category. Judging runs throughout the three-day event. At the end of the pow-wow the winners are announced. They will be competing for a $1,000 prize.

The hand drum contest will also be held. Each singer will choose his or her song and a hand drum is used to keep rhythm. Many songs are very old and usually are family songs. They are traditional round or circle dance songs or hand game songs. Judging is done by singers who know what to look for.

The committee is seeking interested young ladies 13-18 years old for the Princess Contest. They must be an enrolled member of a federally-recognized Indian tribe. Our current Princess is Renee Rogers, a Washo/Paiute from Yerington. She has done an outstanding job during this past year in representing the Lakale’l Be Pow-Wow. She has traveled extensively throughout the West to various pow-wows and gatherings.

The committee invites everyone out to this year’s event and we know you’ll have a good time. our arts and crafts vendors come from all over the West and have one-of-a-kind, reasonably-priced items. There’s no time like the present to get an early start for Christmas gifts.

We’d like to thank our sponsors who helped with this year’s event: Carson Community Council, Washo Tribe of Nevada and California, Nevada Arts Commission and Carson City Tourism Office.

For more information, call 885-6818 or 887-1481.