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Pow Wow, Fall Festival at Long Hunter this weekend

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Long Hunter State Park will host the 32nd Annual Pow Wow and Fall Festival on Oct. 18-20, featuring Native American artists, musicians, dancers, food and storytellers.

Sponsored by the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, this time-honored gathering draws thousands of people from across the country and offers a great opportunity to explore a variety of tribal customs and cultural experiences.

“For 32 years, the annual NAIA Pow Wow has provided a unique forum to showcase Native American history, while educating families and students about its importance in helping shape our nation,” Park Manager Thurman Mullins said. “The festival is designed to help preserve this heritage for future generations and we look forward to seeing the many wonderful artists and performers who will be on hand to share their talents.”

In addition to music and dancers, the festival will feature craftspeople selling their wares and handicrafts at various vendor booths, along with a number of games and activities for the whole family. Live performances will be also be held throughout the three-day event.

Activities will begin at 9 a.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, running into the evening. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6 to 12 and senior citizens, and children 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. NAIA-TN is offering a Free School Day on Friday, Oct. 18, at 9 a.m. for all students, teachers and school faculty members.

Proceeds from the 2013 Pow Wow will benefit NAIA’s Scholarship and Emergency Relief Funds. Chartered in 1983, NAIA’s Tennessee chapter is the only statewide nonprofit organization with an all-Indian board of directors elected by the membership and represents the concerns of more than 15,000 Native American Indian residents in Tennessee.

For more information about specific event times and activities at the 2013 Pow Wow and Fall Festival, contact the NAIA’s Nashville office at 232-9179 or naia@naiatn.org. Additional information about the event can be found on the NAIA website at www.naiatn.org.  

Long Hunter State Park is situated along the shore of J. Percy Priest Lake. It consists of four units: Couchville, Baker’s Grove, Bryant Grove and Sellars Farm. Picknicking, swimming, hiking, backpacking, boating, fishing, nature photography and wildlife observation are among the activities available to park visitors. Planned activities include interpretive and recreation programs for the general public and environmental education programs for school and other interested groups. For more information about Long Hunter State Park, visit www.tnstateparks.com/LongHunter or call 885-2422.

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