FIHA Pow Wow – Ft. Pierce, FL – 2011

46th Annual FIHA Pow Wow – Ft. Pierce, FL

     Welcome to the 46th Annual FIHA Pow Wow in Ft. Pierce! Pow Wows are Native American festivals, a time for participants to meet old friends, trade, dance, and share their culture with spectators. There is Native American music, dancing, regalia, food, shopping, and living history! Seminole, Nanticoke, Iroquois, Cherokee, Sioux, and Chippewa are some of the tribes represented. This is a very family friendly event. Families with babies and young children are common. The people here are happy to share their culture with you. Vendors are friendly. Chatting with them is like chatting with old friends. Tipis (teepees) are set up for visitors to see how the Plains Indians lived generations ago. A blacksmith has a forge set up and shows how he works. Foods include bison burger, lavender lemonade, strawberry lemonade, roasted corn, fry bread, and ice cream. Some are traditional, and others are typical fair food. Staffs, furs, pottery, wood carvings, clothing, jewelry, music, blankets, books, and many other Native American crafts are for sale, along with children's' toys. The highlight is the Grand Entry, where the dancers enter and go around the circle. A Color Guard brings in the flags and eagle staff. There is a prayer, and veterans are honored. We had the privilege of honoring a 92 year old WWII veteran. One of the Native American women lent him her motorized chair. They both earned a well deserved round of applause. The MC was the awesome Ed Windancer, who is an award winning flute player. Ed makes the instruments and plays like no one else! As MC, he shared some history with the audience. Did you know that the Iroquois declared war on Adolph Hitler in the 1940s? We always enjoy this Pow Wow tremendously! Admission is $5 per person. The Pow Wow runs from Friday through Sunday, with Friday being the school day.