2018 Seminole Tribal Fair
The Seminole Tribe of Florida will host its annual celebration of Native culture and arts on February 9-11, 2018 in Hollywood, Florida. The celebration will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino property located at 1 Seminole Way Hollywood, Florida 33144. Events will be held in the Hard Rock Live arena.
With the venue, in addition to the usual lineup of Native arts, crafts, foods, and music, the Fair will be expanded to host a Pow Wow dance competition open to all Native people across the Americas. The Pow Wow will feature a drum competition of northern and southern drums; a dance competition in northern traditional, southern straight, fancy, grass and chicken for the men; and, northern traditional, southern buckskin, fancy, jingle and northern/southern cloth combined for the women.
Additional categories include teen/junior (10-17 yoa) in northern/southern combined and fancy/grass combined for boys and for girls, northern/southern combined and fancy/jingle combined; Golden Age (55+ yoa) for the men in northern/southern and fancy/grass/chicken combined and for the women, northern/southern and fancy/jingle combined.
Primitive camping facilities will be available for Pow Wow participants and vendors.
Additionally, on Sunday, February 11, concert will feature headline act Jamey Johnson.
Alligator wrestling, wildlife shows, and exhibition dancing will also be performed throughout the weekend.
Pow Wows are the Native American people’s way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships, and making new ones. This is a time method to renew Native American culture and preserve the rich heritage of American Indians.
There are several different stories of how the powwow was started. Some believe that the War dance Societies of the Ponca and other Southern Plains Tribes were the origin of the powwow.
Another belief is that when the Native American tribes were forced onto reservations the government also forced them to have dances for the public to come and see. Before each dance they were lead through the town in a parade, which is the beginning of the Grand Entry.
Powwow singers are very important figures in the Native American culture. Without them there would be no dancing. The songs are of many varieties, from religious to war to social.
Dances have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian. Most dances seen at powwows today are social dances which might have had different meanings in earlier days. Although dance styles and content have changed, their meaning and importance has not. The outfits worn by the dancers, like the styles of clothing today evolve over time, it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life.