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Carolina Indian Seminar

January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - January 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am


This event is open to everyone with a desire to learn. Any scout or church group is welcome to attend or make it a family weekend. Registration starts Friday at 5:00pm – follow the signs. Uniforms are not required but appropriate attire is requested.

The weekend begins with a Powwow on Friday night at 8:30pm. All dancers are welcome. When the MC calls for everybody to dance, you may enter the dance arena in your street clothes. It is preferable for you to wear long pants instead of shorts. This is a great opportunity to learn Powwow protocol. There are normally a number of exhibition dances on Friday night. If you haven’t determined the style of dance you want to pursue, this would be an excellent opportunity to see the different outfits and dance styles. Please bring a camping type chair to sit in if you are not dancing.

Rooms are provided in the college for sleeping. There are designated classrooms for Females and Males as well as an open area in the gym. Bring your cot and/or sleeping bag. Restrooms are available on each hall.

On Saturday, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided. Breakfast will be provided on Sunday. You will receive a wristband to tell you which meal time to attend. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase between meals.

On Saturday, you will have the opportunity to attend as many as 5 classes starting at 9:00 am. A few classes may have a charge associated with them. An example would be an all-day class where you complete a pair of leather moccasins. Most classes, however, provide all of the materials you need free of charge. There are approximately 125 classes available on Saturday. Everyone can find classes that suit their interests and skill level. The classes offered include outfit construction (including beading, weaving, leatherwork, feather work, quill work, etc.), Powwow etiquette, dance styles and instruction, drumming, and basketry to name a few. The instructors travel from all over the United States to teach. They are extremely knowledgeable and always happy to answer your questions. There will be vendors available Friday through Saturday to purchase outfit materials if you just can’t wait to get started on your new outfit!

The Saturday night Powwow, starting at 8:15pm, is an excellent time to show off some of the skills you acquired during the Saturday classes. We often have in excess of 200 dancers on the floor on Saturday night representing a large variety of dance styles. This is a learning Powwow. Don’t be afraid to ask someone to help you with your dancing or to help you better understand Powwow protocol. Most of the young men and women you see dancing started at CIS in years past and love to show off their skills.

Sunday morning breakfast is served at 8:00am and will be followed by a religious service at 8:30. Please plan to leave the campus by 9:30 or 10:00am.

CIS is a wonderful place to learn new skills and make lifelong friends. If you like the seminar weekend, the AICA committee, who hosts this Powwow, holds a local dance Father’s Day weekend where you can rejoin your new friends and dance all weekend. The Cabarrus Powwow Association holds a Powwow in September where you can reunite once again. In addition to these local dances, your new friends would love for you to attend the Powwows in their communities.

For more information: click here for more details or visit the website below

To register: contact Justin Bess, our contingent leader at the info below.


January 22, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
January 24, 2016 @ 10:00 am


Justin Bess
(304) 444-0435


Mitchell Community College
500 W Broad Street
Statesville, NC 28677 United States
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