BraveNation Powwow and Gathering

BraveNation Powwow and Gathering

UPDATE: February 16, 2021 - The BraveNation Powwow and Gathering has been postponed until March 2022 due to concern for public health and safety! Please join us in March 2022 for the next powwow!


The fourth annual BraveNation Powwow and Gathering (BNPG) will be held Saturday, March 21, 2020, 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. Also, bag chairs and selling merchandise by non-approved vendors is not allowed in the main gym.

Schedule of Events

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


  • Adults: $5
  • Alumni: $3 (must check-in at Alumni Engagement table)
  • Elders (60+): $3
  • UNCP Students, Faculty, and Staff (with UNCP ID): Free
  • Non-UNCP college students (with college ID): $3
  • Ages 7-18: $3
  • 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

The commemorative powwow t-shirt is on sale for $15 (adult) and $10 (youth and toddler). The shirt features the red-tailed hawk (UNC Pembroke's mascot), Old Main, and traditional Southeastern American Indian motifs.

Artist Statement

My name is Buffalo Gouge and I am of Creek and Cherokee Nations of Oklahoma. My work displays intense colors with bold contrast in Native and Non-Native subjects. I’ve worked in various mediums, but today my primary focus is the digital graphic age. My work varies in size from intimate in nature to large bold pieces.

My artwork is in constant transition.  I am determined to push my work further so that I can be distinguished by my own signature style. I continually challenge myself to try new techniques, different mediums, and different subjects.  I will not leave an option untouched.

I believe what you do with your work show who you are, where you’ve been and what direction you are going. What you see in my work is what I am, where I’ve been, and where I am going.

    BraveNation Powwow and Gathering T-shirt


    • Drum Contest: 1st: $500, 2nd: $350, and 3rd: $200
    • Adult (18+): 1st: $200, 2nd: $150, and 3rd: $100
      • 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
    • Men's Woodland Special (sponsored by Phi Sigma Nu's Alpha Chapter): 1st: $100
    • Side Step Special in honor of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (sponsored by Alpha Pi Omega's Beta Chapter and Native American Student Organization): 1st: $125

    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 13, 2020. Vendor Registration Form is linked below.


    If you are interested in being a sponsor, please contact us using the information below. Thank you to our sponsors:

    • Campus Engagement and Leadership
    • Corbin Eddings, State Farm Insurance
    • Dr. Lawrence T. `05,`12 and Natasha `19 Locklear
    • Museum of the Southeast American Indian
    • Phi Sigma Nu (Alpha Chapter)
    • Social Belonging for Student Success Project
    • Student Affairs
    • Student Government Association
    • University College
    • Walgreens of Pembroke

    Head Staff

    • MC: Sharon Berrun
    • Assistant MC: Ryan Dial-Stanley
    • Arena Director: Terry White
    • Host Drum: Stoney Creek
    • Head Dancers:
      • Male – Chandler Allred
      • Female – Ciena Fedor
    • Head Judges:
      • Dance and Drum - Christopher Richardson `03
      • Tabulator -  Becky Goins `96, `14
      • Assistant Tabulator: Jayden Waya Locklear

    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 Dr. Lawrence Locklear, chair of the BraveNation Powwow and Gathering Planning Committee, at 910.522.5790.