Drum Alley during Inter-Tribal - Lawilowan American Indian Festival - March 13, 2010 - Shippensburg
Lawilowan American Indian Festival, Inc. is a 501 c 3 Corporation, formed in 2007, by Noni Many Hawks Nickerson and Arvil Meisenhelter. When Don Hockenberry retired from organizing The Red Creek Mid-Winter Festival, he graciously allowed us to continue the long running event that he and his Boy Scout Troop 71 hand organized and produced for 16 years. The Festival had started in a church hall, outgrown that and moved to Gettysburg College, and eventually moved to Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, to fill the Kline Athletic Center . Under a new name, the first Lawilowan Festival was held in March of 2008, at the Carlisle Expo Center, and started out small. People liked the venue, and the spirit of the event, and when they returned in March of 2009, the dance arbor was filled during Grand Entry with over 300 dancers, three circles deep.
Don had always put on the Red Creek festival as a gift to the Indian people, a time to shake off the cold and inactivity of winter, get your regalia on, and move to the beat of the drum, the heartbeat of the Earth Mother. It was also a great way for drums to get air time before the main powwow season began. We promised to continue this event in the same spirit and love for the People that Don has always brought to the dance. And hopefully we have succeeded in doing just that. We have been very honored to host them! And we hope the Lawilowan "family" continues to grow!
Muddy runPowwow will be here sooner than you think, so mark September 19th and 20th on your calendar. And remember - we don't cancel, no matter what the weather, or who is putting a powwow on that weekend. Muddy run Powwow September 19th and 20th Gates open Saturday at 10 am till 9 pm Sunday at 10 am till 5 pm dont forget your chairs so come on out and experience a family friendly, traditional American Indian gathering. We'll have plenty of vendors, including Native food,
Please continue to stop by, to keep track of updates on both the Muddy Run Powwow, and the Lawilowan American Indian Festival.
Proceeds from both powwows will benefit the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), with donations specifically targeted for children's diabetes research and programs. Diabetes is a veritable scurge on the American Indian population and striking Indian children at increasingly younger ages. We appreciate your support!