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Lumbee Tribe celebrates the Spring Moon

by Sherry Jacobs
Photo Editor

May 16, 2013



Cody Jacobs of Greensboro NC celebrates the new spring moon with a Northern Traditional Dance on Saturday, May 4.

Photo by Sherry Jacobs
More than 10,000 people, including many from the university community, turned out to celebrate the spring moon at the ninth annual Lumbee Spring Powwow on May 3-5 at the Southeastern Farmers Market in Lumberton.

"There were 487 entries including 13 drum groups," Cultural and Arts Coordinator Norma Locklear said.

Dance categories included Men and Women's Golden Age, Adults Men's Fancy, Men's Chicken, Men's Southern Straight, Northern Traditional, Men's Grass, Women's Traditional, Women's Fancy Southern Traditional, Northern Traditional, Women's Jingle. Teens, Boys and Girls and Tiny Tots have the same categories.

A powwow is when tribes come together to celebrate. The spring powwow is the celebration of the new spring moon, which is where it gets its name "Dance of the Spring Moon."

The powwow was a contemporary powwow because there were cash prizes given to the winners of each category.

In order for the powwow to be successful, a lot of planning went into it, according to Locklear. A committee of 12 Lumbee Tribe members directed the event.

They have gone from one arena director to two. In the past there had been only one judge. In the last three years, the powwow has grown to need two judges, one for dancers and one for drums.

Indians from various tribes and cities across the U.S. turned out to participate in the powwow. People from other ethnic groups also attended.

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