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Published September 6, 2023

By Savannah Baber

The Harvest season marks an exciting time among Virginia tribal communities. After a summer full of celebrations, September, October, and November present the final powwows of the year.

A powwow is a time for tribes to gather with one another and the public, providing a vibrant display of Native cultures. In Virginia, most powwows are held between May and October and are opportunities to engage with the Commonwealth’s diverse tribal nations. Tribal citizens enjoy powwows as a time of homecoming, tradition-keeping, and celebration.

The public is always welcome to attend and enjoy the unique cultural foods, dances, and arts of each tribe. Powwows are excellent ways to connect with your local tribal nation and learn more about the community in which you live. Here are some upcoming powwows to attend.

Nottoway Tribe of Virginia

September 16-17, 2023 

Surry Community Center
205 Enos Farm Drive 
Surry, VA 23883

Chickahominy Indian Tribe

September 23-24, 2023

Chickahominy Tribal Center
8200 Lott Cary Road
Providence Forge, VA 23140

Rappahannock Indian Tribe

October 7-8, 2023

Belle Grove Plantation Bed & Breakfast
9221 Belle Grove Drive
King George, Virginia 22485

Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Tribe

November 3-5, 2023

32nd Cheroenhaka (Nottoway) Indian Corn Harvest Powwow and School Day 

Cattashowrock Town
27345 Aquia Path
Courtland,  VA 23837

Vanessa Adkins, right, is apprenticing under her cousin Jessica Canaday Stewart learning the finer points of traditional Chickahominy dancing. Photos taken at the Fall Festival and Pow Wow in Charles City on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012.

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