Indians gather at Lone Star Lakes

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 21, 2005

The first day of the 18th annual Nansemond Indian powwow at Lone Star Lakes was a success by all accounts.

Hundreds of spectators were on hand for the powwow’s grand entry, signaling the starting of two days of tribal dancing, song, and ceremony for the rest of the afternoon.

Aside from the good food, large crowds, numerous dozens of sutlers open for business, and the beautiful displays in the center arena, learning and sharing Nansemond culture was a big part of the day as well.

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&uot;We celebrate just like anyone else, it just might look a little different.&uot; said Master of Ceremonies, John &uot;Blackfeather&uot; Jeffries.

Jeffries has been a part of the Powwow for all 18 years.

Speaking about Native American spirituality, Jeffries remembered when someone asked him if he believed in God.

Jeffries said, &uot;You might call him God.

We call him the Creator, or the Grandfather…you have your Sabbath which you set aside time to worship and remember, and that is perfectly good.

But when we see creation around us everyday, we remember, and have Sabbath, every day.&uot;

About the success of this year’s Powwow, Lee &uot;Spirit Bear&uot; Lockamy said, &uot;we feel very good about this weekend, we already have a good number of people out here.&uot;

This of course, still has yet to include today’s events, which go on from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Traditional dancing, music, ceremonies, and demonstrations will be on going from 1 p.m. through 6:00.

Admission at Lone Star Lakes Lodge is free, although donations to the Nansemond Indian Tribal Association are welcome and appreciated.