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The annual Bear Mountain Native American Pow Wow Celebration scheduled for this weekend

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Native American Dancer Photo Credit: The Redhawk Native American Arts Council

On Saturday, July 13th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and again on Sunday, July 14th, from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, The Redhawk Native American Arts Council presents the Bear Mountain Native American Pow Wow Celebration at the Anthony Wayne Recreation Area in Harriman State Park.   

The Bear Mountain Pow Wow features more than 500 Native American artists, educators, singers, dancers, performers and performing groups from across the Americas. In addition, over 40 artist booths will be selling handmade crafts and jewelry. Food vendors will also be selling various food including authentic cuisine such as buffalo burgers, venison stew and corn soup.

On both days, there will be lots and lots of dancing that will make attendees yearn for more. The Grand Entry of Dancers will occur both days at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Also on both days, there will be separate men’s and women’s Traditional dances, Smoke Dances, and Fancy dances. The men will also compete in a Grass dance and the women will compete in a Jingle dance. There will also be Teen, Junior and Tiny Tots children’s dances and phenomenal Native American music. At the start of the event on Saturday, there will be a beautiful tipi raising.

The Redhawk Native American Arts Council

For over 30 years, The Redhawk Native American Arts Council has been producing four of the largest Indigenous heritage celebrations in the Northeast. One of the largest of the four occurs only one time a year and is less than 25 minutes from the City of Peekskill. The celebration is a great opportunity for the public to learn, experience and enjoy the beauty and knowledge of Indigenous arts and cultures. Visitors can interact with representatives from tribes of the Lakota, Navajo, Mohawk, Seneca, Cherokee, Aztec, Mayan, Samoan, Hawaiian and many more. 

Photo Credit: The Redhawk Native American Arts Council

The Bear Mountain Native American Pow Wow Celebration is an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and support Indigenous communities and culture at its finest. For more information visit The Redhawk Native American Arts Council website, Facebook page or contact them at [email protected]

Avoid lines and purchase tickets ahead of time online with a credit card or purchased with cash only at the front gate. Tickets cost $15 for Adults & Teens (13 and up) and $10 Seniors 65+ & Students with ID. Children 5 years old and under are free. A family 4-pack is available, but can only be purchased in advance online for $45. Parking for this event is free. The Redhawk Pow Wow will occur Rain or Shine.

Limited seating available. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and/or umbrellas. No outside food, drinks, ice or coolers will be allowed on the premises.


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About the Contributor
Dave Mueller
As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]