#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.

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


    • 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.


    • Southeast American Indian Studies Program
    • Division of Student Affairs
    • PNC Bank
    • Corbin Eddings, State Farm Insurance
    • Office of Student Involvement
    • Laettner and Sunny Dae Locklear
    • Lawrence T. `05,`12 and Natasha Locklear
    • Community and Civic Engagement
    • HealthKeeperz
    • Center for Student Success
    • Social Belonging for Student Success

    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 powwow@uncp.edu 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.