Still looking for a fun but unusual day trip for this weekend? You may find it 2 1/2 hours southeast of here, in Lumberton. At a pow-wow.
Lumberton is the seat of Robeson County, whose population is nearly 40 percent Lumbee – the state-recognized Native American tribe that is still pushing for federal recognition
According to www.lumbeetribe.com, the tribe’s website, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina now number 55,000 members, mostly decended from “Cheraw and related Siouxian-speaking Indians who have lived in the area since the 1700s.”
The Lumbee will hold their annual “Dance of the Spring Moon” pow-wow Friday through Sunday in the Pavilion Building of the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Events Center in Lumberton.
The spiritual ceremony celebrates the arrival of the spring moon and draws more than 5,000 spectators to see more than 500 dancers and drummers from across North America. The event includes different levels of drum and dance competitions.
The grand entry of participants – the opening procession and meet-and-greet – is at 7 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Each day wraps up around 9 p.m.
Saturday, an additional grand entry will be held at 7 p.m.
Admission is $8; $6 for ages 6-12; $5 for 55 and older and for military personnel with valid ID; 5 and younger, free. Sunday-only admission: $5; weekend pass: $10.
The Southeastern Agricultural Events center is at 1027 U.S. 74 East in Lumberton.
Area tourism info: www.lumberton-nc.com.