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#BraveNation Powwow and Gathering

#BraveNation Powwow and Gathering

The second annual #BraveNation Powwow and Gathering (BNPG) will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018, in the gym of the English E. Jones Athletic Center at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Grand entry is at 12 p.m. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m.

Everyone is invited to join the #BraveNation as we celebrate the rich history and culture of America’s Indigenous peoples. The powwow and gathering features competition dancing, vendors, and recruitment activities for American Indian high school students. This is an alcohol and drug-free event.

Schedule of Events

  • 10 a.m.: Doors open to the public
  • 12 p.m.: Grand Entry
  • 6 p.m.: Contest Finals/Inter-tribal/Results/Closing Ceremonies


  • Adults: $5
  • Elders (60+): $3
  • UNCP Students (with UNCP ID): Free
  • Children (6 and under): Free
  • Dancer Registration: each dancer will pay the general admission fee of $5 and be allowed entry into one competition.
  • Drum Registration: each member of the drum will pay the general admission fee of $5.
  • Bag chairs are not allowed in the main gym.

Commemorative T-shirt

For $15, buy a commemorative t-shirt which features a red-tailed hawk - UNC Pembroke's mascot. The shirt is available in youth and adult sizes. Additional information on how to purchase the shirt is coming soon!

    #BraveNation Powwow and Gathering T-shirt

    Raffle for Ribbon Skirt

    A raffle drawing for a ribbon skirt will be held during the powwow. Tickets are $2 or 3 for $5. The drawing will be held near the end of the powwow. The skirt is valued at $200.

    The ribbon skirt is a beautiful Calico cotton print. The background color is a pale lavender with small white circles that include a leaf with green and yellow colors. The skirt has two pockets (left and right). The skirt also has five 2-inch ribbons around the bottom. The ribbon colors are navy blue, carolina blue, yellow, lavender and purple. On the left side of the skirt, there are floral designs that expand the length of the skirt starting near the last ribbon border and extending 12 inches above the top ribbon. The floral designs include blue, green and purple fabric. The skirt size is large. The skirt, made by designer Shannon Ryan Gustafson from Thunder Bay, Ontario, was donated by Sandra Whittemore.

    Ribbon Skirt


    • Drum Contest: 1st: $500, 2nd: $350, and 3rd: $200
    • Adult (18+): 1st: $150, 2nd: $100, and 3rd: $75
      • Men’s Traditional (Northern)  |  Women’s Traditional (Northern)
      • Men’s Traditional (Southern)  |  Women’s Traditional (Southern)
      • Men’s Fancy  |  Women’s Fancy
      • Men’s Grass  |  Women’s Jingle
    • Teen (13-17): 1st: $100, 2nd: $75, and 3rd: $50
      • Men’s Traditional (Northern) |  Women’s Traditional (Northern)
      • Men’s Traditional (Southern) |  Women’s Traditional (Southern)
      • Men’s Fancy  |  Women’s Fancy
      • Men’s Grass  |  Women’s Jingle
    • Junior (6-12): 1st: $75, 2nd: $50, and 3rd: $25
      • Boy’s Traditional  |  Girl’s Traditional
      • Boy’s Fancy  |  Girl’s Fancy
      • Boy’s Grass  |  Girl’s Jingle
    • Tiny Tot (5 and under): $5 each
    • Alumni Special: 1st: $125 ($250)
      • Men  |  Women
    • Hand Drum Special: 1st: $125 ($125)
    • Smoke Dance Special: 1st: $125 ($250)
      • Men  |  Women

    Vendor Registration

    Vendor registration is $50 (arts and crafts), $100 (food), and no cost (informational). Please complete and return the form, along with a check or money order to the Southeast American Indian Studies Program. Application is due March 16, 2018. Vendor Registration Form is linked below.


    • Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Nu, Inc.
    • Beta Pi Chapter of Alpha Pi Omega, Inc.
    • Center for Student Success
    • Corbin Eddings, State Farm Insurance
    • HealthKeeperz
    • Laettner and Sunny Dae Locklear
    • Lawrence T. `05,`12 and Natasha Locklear
    • LIndsey-Campbell Oil Company
    • Lowry Fish Farms
    • Nu Alpha Chapter of Phi Sigma Nu, Inc.
    • Office for Community and Civic Engagement
    • Office of Student Involvement and Leadership
    • Office of Student Affairs
    • Pepsi
    • PNC
    • Sandra Whittemore
    • Social Belonging for Student Success Project
    • Southeast American Indian Studies Program

    Head Staff

    • MC: Sharon Berrun
    • Arena Director: Terry White
    • Host Drums: Stoney Creek
    • Head Dancers: Male – Ethan Oxendine and Female – Jasmine Jacobs
    • Head Judges:
      • Drum - Chris Conner `05, `07
      • Dance - Christopher Richardson `03
      • Tabulator -  Becky Goins `96, `14

    Powwow Etiquette

    • Powwow Pointers (linked below) is courtesy of the NC School of Science and Math. It discusses what is a powwow, the different styles of dances, and the role of a drum group and drummers.
    • Learn more about powwow etiquette (opens in a new window).

    Visiting Campus

    • Directions to Campus

      • If using Google Maps, enter the address "300 University Road, Pembroke, NC 28372" to get directions to the Jones Center.
    • Map of Campus (Jones Center is #176)
    • Parking
      • Free parking is available in the parking lot west of the Jones Center (between the Jones Center and Johnson Football Stadium).

    Social Media

    More Information

    • For more information, email or contact Southeast American Indian Studies at 910.775.4579.
    • Flyer (PDF - requires Adobe Reader)
    • Press Release
    • Thanks to Dakota Brant of Sapling & Flint Designs for the t-shirt artwork.