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Photos of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe's Powwow

HOLLISTER, N.C. - The aroma of fry bread and barbeque was in the spring air on Friday night on the powwow grounds of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe in Hollister, North Carolina. There was a festive spirit among families, friends, and fellow tribal community members as the 59th Annual "Blooming of the Dogwood" Haliwa-Saponi Powwow was kicked off for the weekend. For some, it was an opportunity to see family and friends they had not seen for a while.

The Grand Entry got underway with powwow emcee Sandon Jacobs (Waccamaw-Siouan/Lumbee) welcoming the crowd. Several drum groups rotated as hundreds of dancers entered the powwow dance arena.

The powwow is the oldest and largest in the state of North Carolina.

"On April 15, 1965, the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe received recognition from the state of North Carolina. Fifty-nine years ago, we were a proud nation, and today, we are still a proud nation. As we strive to preserve our tribe's sacred traditional Indian heritage, this 2024 celebration is another milestone in the history of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe," Chief Dr. B. Ogletree Richardson said.


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