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Red Hoop Pow-wow to visit Shepherd campus

By Staff | Nov 11, 2016

In celebration of Native American month, the circle of friendship and cultural unity is once again planned for Shepherdstown. The Red Hoop Pow-wow will provide Shepherd University students and the surrounding community a unique opportunity to experience the spirit generated by this traditional Native American gathering. On Nov. 12, from noon until 6 p.m. in the Shepherd University Student Center on N. King St., the great drum will sound and an array of dancers in colorful regalia will affirm their unbroken link with the proud customs of their ancestors.

The public is invited for the music, dancing and food. Shepherd students enjoy free admission; the adult public entry fee is $5 and children attend for $3. For group rates or donations, please contact Katherine Hutson at bearandhawk@gmail.com.

Indian tacos and Native American crafts will be available for sale. Also attending will be Lumbee author, Anita Jo Shifflet. She will be selling her book, A Lumbee Gershom, a memoir of her life as a member of the Tuscarora-Lumbee Indians in Robeson County, North Carolina,

This All Nations pow-wow, presented and organized by the Brown and Winters families of Wanblee, South Dakota, is the third visit to the university campus. Dancers and singers are expected to arrive from several states, representing many Native American tribes. The Medicine Horse Singers will be at the host drum. The head man will be Charlie Under Baggage. The head woman will be Jennifer Under Baggage. The Under Baggage family will give a $200 prize for the Chicken Dance in honor of their son, Ledger Under Baggage joining the dance circle.

Reed Brown Jr. is the organizer and area director for the Red Hoop Pow-wow. Mr. Brown, an Oglala Lakota, is a frequent visitor to Shepherdstown and has family connections in the area. Raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, his ancestors include the famed Sioux chief, Red Cloud, the medicine man, Chips and the Moytoy line of Cherokee chiefs.

“Mitakuye oyasin” is a phrase from the Lakota language that translates into English as “all my relations,” and expresses an interconnected worldview of oneness, a spirit that event planners hope to share with all visitors to the pow-wow.