South Charlotte

Pow Wow returning to original site from Cabarrus County

The Metrolina Native American Association Pow Wow's return to Indian Trail this fall is generating a buzz.

"Everybody knows about it," said Jessie Jacobs, the MNAA board of directors chairman. "They know we're coming back to Indian Trail."

After spending its first 25 years in Indian Trail, the Pow Wow was moved to Cabarrus County two years ago at the offer of free use of land across from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But Jacobs said the Pow Wow never gained the popularity there that it had in Indian Trail.

In addition, Indian Trail had vowed to get the Pow Wow back.

During the past two years, Indian Trail has built the new Crossing Paths Park, where the Pow Wow will be held this year from Sept. 23-25, and has announced plans to develop a 51-acre park, where the annual Pow Wow will make a permanent home.

Jacobs said the town has formed a partnership with the Pow Wow, provided some setup for the event and helped to promote it.

The MNAA prefers the relationship with the town over "us going in and doing a Pow Wow and leaving," as would be the case in Cabarrus County, said Jacobs.

He expects between 8,000 and 10,000 people to attend the event this year, and said he envisions the attendance growing to as many as 25,000 in future years.

This year, the Pow Wow has added a concert on Friday night, which will feature Dark Water Rising.

The Pow Wow is designed to educate people about Native American culture, and it features Native American dancing, singing, drumming, storytelling and basket weaving.