LIMA — The drums are ready. The vendors are set. The colorful regalia is ready to don in the first powwow of the season this weekend at the UAW Hall in Lima.
“This always draws a crowd. So many at times you can hardly walk. But this is the first powwow of the season, and this gives everybody the chance to get out since the fall to this type of event,” said Phillis Davis, long-time coordinator of the annual powwows.
“For people new to this, they will be awestruck by what goes on here. You can just feel the beat of the music in your heart and in your feet. You will feel like you want to dance, and we encourage that,” Davis said.
“For others, they like to see the Native Americans, hear the drums, and see the beautiful regalia they wear,” she said.
Making his return to the area will be Peterson Chiquito, a hoop dancer who has performed here for the last five years.
“This is not something that everybody can do. This is really something to see. He started with five hoops, and each year he adds another hoop or two to the performance,” Davis said. Also performing will be Bud Eagle Wolf and his Indian flute.
Vendors from around the country will also have beads, craft supplies, fur and leather, tomahawks, art work, and jewelry for sale.
“If you want something like that, this is the only place to come. We don’t have items made in China here, these are hand-crafted things,” Davis said.
Also on the agenda will be food featuring Indian frybread and tacos, buffalo burgers, corn soup and fried dill pickles. And, this year there will be a candy dance both afternoons for the youth.
Grand entry will be at 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.