Each Labor Day, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosts the Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow

Numaga Pow Wow 2017

Each Labor Day weekend, the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosts its nationally acclaimed Numaga Pow Wow. This free, family event features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, over 25 vendors will be selling traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silverwork, beadwork, baskets and other American Indian art.

In 2017, the 31st annual event, will be Sept. 1-3 in Hungry Valley. Hungry Valley is 19 miles north of downtown Reno and west of Spanish Springs, nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon.

The Grand Entry will start at 7 p.m., on Friday, noon and again at 7 p.m., on Saturday, then
at noon on Sunday.

Besides the traditional pow wow, the celebration includes the Numaga Indian Days Princess Pageant which will be held on Thursday, at 6 p.m.  Held at the Hungry Valley amphitheater, there are three categories: tiny tots (2-5 years-old), juniors (6-11 years-old) and teens (12-17 years-old).

The entire weekend celebration is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute leader, known for peace. Chief Numaga was a great 19th century trailblazer who had the courage and the vision to counsel against war.  Facing severe threats to his people by invading settlers and military, Numaga repeatedly chose peace. His successful peace negotiations, helped set a precedent for future disputes.

Numaga also has a documented history of trying to prevent the destruction of our aboriginal lands. Numaga called the pine nut groves, the Indian’s orchards and asked non-Indians to collect fallen timber instead of cutting down healthy trees, an issue still impacting Indian Country today.  Unfortunately, Numaga’s early advocacy for Mother Earth was not successful.

Translated from the English language, Numaga means “Give Food.”  He passed away in 1871 and is buried in the hills near Wadsworth.

The RSIC was established in the early 1900’s and formed a federally recognized government in 1934 under the Indian Reorganization Act. Located in Reno, Nev., the RSIC consists of over 1,100 members from three Great Basin Tribes – the Paiute, the Shoshone, and the Washoe and provides essential services to over 7,000 Natives. The reservation lands consist of the original twenty-eight acre Colony located in central west Reno and another 1,920 acres in Hungry Valley, which is nineteen miles north of the Colony and west of Spanish Springs, Nev., nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon.                    

For more information about the Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow, the RSIC community, culture, departments, economic developments, business opportunities and services, please contact Stacey Montooth at 775/329-2936, ext. 3268 or at smontooth@rsic.org .

The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony strives for a strong community that promotes and encourages individual spiritual, physical and emotional health to foster a long, abundant and prosperous life, which will lead to personal, family and community responsibility and prosperity.