Dartmouth College was first established in 1769 “for the education of Youth of the Indian tribes… English Youth and any others.” In the first 200 years of existence only 19 Native Americans graduated from Dartmouth. That changed in the 1970s with President Kemeny and to date more than 700 Native Americans have attended Dartmouth from more than 200 different tribes. The Dartmouth Pow-Wow serves as an opportunity for members of both the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities to observe, participate and learn from a broad representation of Native American music, arts and crafts. Bring the family and look for the three key elements:
They, a group of 10, sing the first song each day sometimes viewed as an opening prayer.
She is appointed to lead all dancers in and out of the dancing arena at the start and the end of the Pow-Wow. Her appointment is based on experience and age.
He, along with the Head Woman Dancer, leads the contestants in the Grand Entry at the beginning of the Pow-Wow.
What a special event to attend over the Mothers’ Day Weekend! Stay in a Deluxe Room at Breakfast on the Connecticut, enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then head over to the Green in Hanover where your senses will be assailed by the wonderful sights, sounds and smells of the Dartmouth Pow-Wow.