This year’s event is dedicated to good medicine and the healers of the world, said Indian Festival organizers.
The event is put on by Rolling Thunder Enterprises and is May 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Powwow and festival is designed “To share Cherokee County’s rich history through entertainment, education and cultural fellowship while stimulating reverence and respect for the diversity of our great country,” said promoters in a release.
The powwow and festival will feature Native American dance exhibitions with competition dance-offs for
cash and prizes.
The grand entry will be at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The emcees are Cleto Montelongo of Cherokee, N.C., and Woody Richards of Pine Ridge, S.D.
Native American cuisine such as buffalo, roasted corn, Pima wraps, Indian fry-bread and more will be available for purchase and native arts and crafts will be for sale.
Other attractions include singers, dancers and performers, warriors on horseback with a special new warrior debut and Aztec dancers.
Displays include tipis, wigwams and a living Indian village, a Northern Plains encampment and a Muscogee Creek settlement.
Primitive skills such as flint knapping, fire by friction, hide tanning, archery and environmental and wildlife displays will be a part of the anniversary event.
Kids activities and a Mother’s Day Honor Dance will be featured both days.
The event benefits My Brother’s Keeper Wildlife Rescue and the Cherokee Horse Rescue. The event is sponsored by WSB-TV Family2Family, Kroger, the City of Canton, Advanced Ambulance Service, Cherokee Horse Rescue and Best Western.
Boling Park is located at 1200 Marietta Highway in Canton. Tickets for adults 13 years and older are $15, children ages 6 to 12 for $5 and children 5 and younger are free.