2020 Numaga Indian Days Powwow

Don’t miss the nationally acclaimed 33rd Annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow starting on Thursday, September 3rd,  through Sunday, September 6th, in Hungry Valley, NV at 266 Loop Rd, Sparks, NV 89441.

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 25 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.

Schedule
Numaga Princess Contest on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Pow Wow Grand Entry on Friday at 7 p.m.
Hungry Valley Hand Games on Friday at 7 p.m.
Warrior Mountain Run & Numaga 3 Mile Walk/Run on Saturday, Registration @7:30am, Run @ 8am. 
Pow Wow Grand Entry on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Hungry Valley Hand games on Saturday (continued)
Community Feed on Saturday at 6 p.m.
Pow Wow Grand Entry on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Pow Wow Grand Entry on Sunday at noon

Event Location
Hungry Valley
266 Loop Road
Sparks, Nevada 89441

Hungry Valley is just 19 miles north of downtown Reno, nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon.

STAFF
MC:
Clifton Goodwill 
HEAD MAN: Muhjuhtheen Roberts 
HEAD WOMAN: Amber Rose Cleveland 
ARENA DIRECTOR: Michael Grant Sr. 
HEAD JUDGE: Nelson Baker
HOST DRUM: POUNDMAKER, Saskatchewan Canada

For Additional Powwow Information:
Jason Stewart (775) 399-2177
Anita Talancon (775) 338-3723
Helen Uribe (775) 786-3363
Darryl Wadsworth (775) 870-5832
Klare O’Neil (775) 432-4570

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 25 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.



NYE Sobriety Powwow

This FREE, family-friendly annual event is held over New Years Eve and features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the area.

Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, there will be vendor booths selling traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silver work, bead work, baskets and other American Indian art.

For Additional NYE Sobriety Powwow Information:
Jason Stewart (775) 399-2177
Anita Talancon (775) 338-3723
Helen Uribe (775) 786-3363
Darryl Wadsworth (775) 870-5832
Klare O’Neil (775) 432-4570