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Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation to hold annual powwow
September 15, 2017, 4PM EST
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The Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation will be hosting its 49th annual powwow, in New Jersey’s Ringwood State Park, this weekend Sept. 16-17. The tribe expects between two and three thousand people to attend the event. Marcey Tree In The Wind Langhorn, a Ramapough tribal member and member of the powwow organizing committee, says the tribe is looking forward to welcoming representatives from thirteen other tribal nations from around the country. Some, like the Aztecs, are coming from as far as New Mexico.
“It’s an opportunity for us to connect and celebrate our culture with brothers and sisters across the country. It feels like family for us." She adds that non-natives are more than welcome to attend, “A lot of people think we don’t exist anymore, especially on the east coast. Well, we do, and this is an opportunity for us to welcome others to share in our culture."
The modern powwow is an event celebrating pan-Indian culture that has its roots in the reservation era, when much of Native American spirituality was outlawed, and many tribes thrown into close quarters. What developed was a culture of celebration, friendship and mutual support that lives on in today’s powwow celebration.
Powwow’s are spiritually grounded, and almost universally include a sacred fire that is kept burning for the duration of the event. Tony Moon Hawk Langhorn, a Ramapough tribal member and Marcey Tree In The Wind’s husband, is this year’s Fire Keeper. “We keep the fire so that if anyone needs to come to it and pray, that is available," he said. “We say that when we pray into the fire, the fire smoke reaches that prayer up to the creator to be answered."
Powwows are largely centered around dancing, which is undertaken as a spiritual act. Dancing competitions take place all weekend long in a central arena. The dancers come out in regalia, and perform to the beat of a central drum, that serves as the heart beat for most of the powwow. The group that will be drumming for this powwow is the Ramapough’s own drum and singing group, the Spirit of the Mountain.
An important moment in a powwow is grand entry, when all the competing dancers from the whole weekend parade in their regalia, and the powwow officially begins. Grand entry for the Ramapough Lenape Indian Nation Powwow is Sept. 16 at noon.
The event will also play host to over 40 vendors, selling everything from food like Indian Tacos to native-made jewelry. Many of these vendors travel around the country year-wide selling their goods at different events along what’s known as the powwow trail. Some of them will be coming from as far as California.
For those who wish to attend the powwow, the tribe welcomes visitors and requests that you remember to ask anyone whose picture you wish to take.
The event will be held in Ringwood State Park, at Sally’s Field, 1304 Sloatsburg Road in Ringwood, from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, and from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Suggested donations are $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 5-12, $5 for seniors 60+ and children under three are free.
Following the powwow, there will be a Lunaape Language Learning camp held at the Split Rock Sweetwater Prayer Camp on Monday, Sept. 18, Tuesday, Sept. 19 and Wednesday, Sept 20.