BraveNation Powwow and Gathering

All vendor spaces have been reserved and no additional applications will be accepted at this time. 

The 2024 BraveNation Powwow and Gathering (BNPG) will be held Saturday, March 23, 2024, in the Jones Athletic Center at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Grand entry is at noon: doors open to the public at 10 am. The 2023 BNPG was a huge success, with more than 2,200 attendees, over 140 dancers, and 7 drum groups.

The BNPG demonstrates UNC Pembroke’s commitment to its historical mission of service to American Indian people, not only the Lumbee Tribe of N.C., but other Native nations and organizations in North Carolina and beyond. The gathering also promotes the success of UNC Pembroke’s American Indian students by creating a sense of on-campus community, increasing their affinity for the university, and contributing to improving their retention and graduation rates.

We are excited to have the following head staff for this year's powwow:

  • MC: J.D. Moore ‘93
  • Assistant MC: Asa Locklear
  • Arena Director: Jamie Locklear ‘02
  • Host Drum: Smokey River Singers
  • Head Dancers: Female – Faith Jacobs and Male – Cameron Richardson
  • Head Judge: Kevin Chavis ‘16
  • Tabulator: Samantha Locklear
  • Sound: Troy Richardson

Below you will find additional details regarding this year's powwow. 


2024 Vendors

A Native Touch
B's Beaded Fantasies
Black Water Soap Works
Bloomin Onion

Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Bog'd Down
Country Girls

David's Designs
David Lowery
Dougs Woodworking
Down South Wood Turning
Eagle Feather Arts
Eagle's Dreams LLC
Elemental Herbal Teas
Evitan Clothing
Flipped Grill

Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center
Girl Scouts
Grant Dial Silversmith

Greek Goat
Heather's Jam'n Goodies
Indian Summer Originals

Jason's Concessions
JoAnn's Beaded Jewelry
JoAnn Lowery

Kona Ice
Lazer Art Design
Little Engraved Things
Locklear Crafts Co.
Long Swamp Trading
Lumbee Outfitters
Lumbee Tribe
Lumbee Weaver
Mama T's Sweet Treats Freeze Dried
Meherrin Outpost
Native American Designs
Nothing But Beadworks
NC Commission of Indian Affairs
Phyllis Lowery
Pine Skies
Scuffletown Suppliers
Sewing Beads
Shy's Sweet Creations LLC
Sissy's Boutique
Simply Native
Southern Jewelz Co.

Sweet Frog
Ta'chii'nii Creations
The Luna Tree LLC
Val's Wraps and Desserts
Vana-Bai Clay Earrings
Vivid Victory LLC



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Recruitment Event before the powwow

Join Undergraduate Admissions for a special event being hosted before the powwow! Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about UNCP, the application process, and hear from current students. To register, please click here