2022 Numaga Indian Days Powwow

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Labor Day Weekend!

Don’t miss the nationally acclaimed 34th Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow starting on Thursday, September 1st,  through Sunday, September 4th, in Hungry Valley, NV at 105 Loop Rd, Sparks, NV 89441.

Hungry Valley is 7 miles past Spanish Springs High School on Eagle Canyon Drive. For RSIC mapping, go to https://rsic-planning-rsic.hub.arcgis.com

This FREE, family-friendly annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country.

Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, over 50 vendors sell traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silver work, bead work, baskets and other American Indian art.

History of Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow
The Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute Chief, known for peace. Chief Numaga was a great 19th century leader who had the courage and the vision to counsel against war. Facing severe threats to his people by invading white forces, Numaga repeatedly chose peace. His successful peace negotiations, helped set a precedent for future disputes.

Numaga also has a documented history of trying to preserve the destruction of our aboriginal lands. Numaga called the pine nut groves, the Indian’s orchards and asked whites to collect fallen timber instead of cutting down healthy trees. Unfortunately, Numaga’s early advocacy for Mother Earth fell on deaf ears. Translated from the English language, Numaga means “Give Food.” He passed away in 1871 and is buried in the hills near Wadsworth.

Thursday, 9/1 @ 6pm, Numaga Princess Pageant at Hungry Valley Amphitheater
Friday, 9/2 @ 7pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry
Friday, 9/2 @7pm, Hungry Valley Hand Games
Saturday, 9/3 @ 8am, Warrior Mountain Run & Numaga 3 Mile Walk/Run
Saturday, 9/3 @ 1pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry
Saturday, 9/3 @ TBA, Hungry Valley Hand Games
Saturday, 9/3 @ 6pm, Community Feed
Saturday, 9/3 @ 7pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry
Saturday, 9/3 @ about 9pm, Pow Wow Spotlight Special
Sunday, 9/4 @ 12pm, Pow Wow Grand Entry

Event Location
Hungry Valley
105 Loop Road
Sparks, Nevada 89441

Hungry Valley is 7 miles past Spanish Springs High School on Eagle Canyon Drive. For RSIC mapping, go to https://rsic-planning-rsic.hub.arcgis.com

HOST DRUM: POUNDMAKER, Saskatchewan Canada

Clifton Goodwill (Plains Cree, Ojibwe & Lakota Pasqua First Nations)
HEAD MAN: Muhjuhtheen Roberts (Choctaw, Chickasaw & Stoney/Nakota Tribes)
HEAD WOMAN: Osamuskwasis Roan (Cree & Tsuu T’ina First Nations)
ARENA DIRECTOR: Michael Grant Sr. (Omaha Tribe)
HEAD JUDGE: Shawn Yazzie (Arizona, USA) & Delia Waskewitch (Onion Lake Sask, CAN)

For Additional Powwow Information:
Vendor Info: Jason Stewart, (775) 399-2177 or jasonstewart245@gmail.com
Princess Contest: Klarissa O’Neil, (775)-432-4570

General Info
Anita Talancon (775) 338-3723
Lorri Chasing Crow, (775) 437-2166
Antoinette Thayer, (775)-772-9003

Photo & Media Inquiries: Bethany Sam,  (775)-842-2902 or bsam@rsic.org

Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow
The sound of drums fills the air as hundreds of dancers and participants move around the dance arena, using dance styles and steps that match their dance ‘regalia’.

Men will dress and dance in styles such as Northern and Southern Traditional, Fancy Dance, Grass Dance, and Chicken Dance to name those most commonly used.

Women, likewise will dress in cloth and buckskin outfits in both Northern and Southern Traditional styles, Jingle Dance and Fancy Shawl Dance styles. Inside the pow wow circle, the grand entry which features all the performers, begins with more than a hundred dancers grouped by their dress style led by Native American military Veterans.

In between dances, spectators may take their energy to the hand games–traditional gambling that has been played for thousands of years. It is a guessing game involving animal bones and sticks with a background of songs and drums, used to distract the opposing team.

The Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow features more than 50 vendors selling native foods like fry bread and handcrafted bead work and blankets to share their native culture with the outside world.

Your trip to the to beautiful Hungry Valley will be worth it just for the fry bread.