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The Great Mohican Pow-Wow lets you celebrate Native American heritage

Native American Dancer
Native American Dancer
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Clevelanders, here's your chance to learn more about the heritage, traditions, culture and lifestyle of Native Americans in Ohio. A family-friendly, educational 3-day event awaits Cleveland history enthusiasts at the 50th annual Great Mohican Pow-Wow on Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13 in Loudonville, Ohio. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Cleveland to Loudonville.

Great Mohican Pow-Wow By definition, a pow-wow is a meeting together of people featuring dancing, singing and visiting and is an occasion to renew old friendships and make new ones. Named one of the Top 100 Events in the United States, the Great Mohican Pow-Wow features demonstrations, music. craftsmen and Native American foods.

Demonstrations include fire starting and tomahawk throwing presented by Coyote Dog. Storytelling will be provided by Lance White Eagle. Performers include award-winning flutist Douglas Blue Feather, Hoop Dancer Lowery Begay, Malkuri providing "Music of the Andes Mountains" and performances by the Old Bridge Smoke Dancers.

The Pow-Wow will also feature Inter-Tribal Dancing and a Dance/Drum competition on Saturday.

The Grand Entry ( with all participants in full regalia ) will take place at 1 p.m. all three days of the Pow-Wow.

More than 40 artisans will be displaying their work for sale. The craftsmen and traders will be exhibiting bead working, knife making, silversmithing, pottery, antler works, feather working, basket weaving, wood and bone making, jewelry, quill working, clothing making, paintings and fur trading.

Be sure to pay a visit to the POW & MIA Ohio Spirit of America Mural Perpetual Traveling Wall that will be on exhibit at the Great Mohican Pow-Wow.

Hours for the Great Mohican Pow-Wow are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children (6-12) and children 5 and under are free. Two-day passes are $14 for adults and $6 for children. Three-day passes are $21 for adults and $9 for children. Parking is free.

For more information about the Great Mohican Pow-Wow call 800-766-2267 or get online at www.mohicanpowwow.com.

The Great Mohican Pow-Wow is being held at the Mohican Reservation Camp and Festival Grounds located at 23270 Wally Rd. South in Loudonville, Ohio. Loudonville is 82 miles from Cleveland and it is approximately a 1.5 hour drive.