Native American Events in Maryland

Posted By BrokenClaw on January 30, 2007

One can find plenty of websites which maintain a calendar of pow wows. The difficulty is that the job can be so overwhelming, since there is no central database, they must rely on organizers and participants to submit updated information. As a result, most listings are incomplete or outdated. By limiting this page to the Maryland region, I hope to stay as current as possible by using a 12-month rolling calendar. In addition to pow wows and festivals, this page may also include public meetings and events of native American interest.

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Dates marked with an *asterisk on this calendar are tentative, based on the previous year’s calendar, and will be verified at a later date. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t seem to update their websites until immediately before an event. Please read the disclaimer. To submit new or updated information for this page, please use the Comment form below.

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2012 Calendar

All Year
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I encourage everyone to visit the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, which has special events throughout the year.
May-Oct
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Eastern Woodland Indian Village Days. Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard, Calvert County, MD. A glimpse of everyday life as it was around the Chesapeake Bay over 500 years ago, with demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. Various weekends throughout the year.
May 12-13*
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Mother’s Day Pow wow sponsored by the American Indian Society of Washington, DC, in Ruther Glen, Virginia. Native American dancing, drumming and singing honoring mothers and grandmothers.
May 31
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Baltimore Traditional mini Powwow. Sponsored by the Baltimore American Indian Center. Vendors, demonstrations, and activities for the children. Museum tour included with admission.
Jun 2-4*
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Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians. 30th Annual Festival and Pow wow, sponsored by the American Indian Cultural Center of Waldorf, MD.
Jul 19-22
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Otoe-Missouria 131st Encampment, Red Rock, Noble County, Oklahoma. Yes, I know this is nowhere near Maryland, but it is my pow wow, so I will always list it here.
Aug 4-5*
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American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization 27th Annual Pow Wow at Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick, MD.
Sep 8*
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Woodland Indian Discovery Day. Historic St.Mary’s City in St.Mary’s County, MD. Discover the world of Maryland’s first citizens as you try skills and experience arts.
Sep 8-9*
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Nanticoke Indian Powwow in Millsboro, Delaware. Traditional intertribal pow wow with representatives from more then forty tribes expected. Plenty of vendors, demonstrations, and children’s activities. Sunday morning worship service.
Sep 15-16
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Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians 19th Annual Native American Festival, to be held at the Ballpark in Vienna, Dorchester County, MD. Traditional dancers, singers, and drumming, with crafts and artist demonstrations, vendors, and food.
Sep 15-16*
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Muddy Run Tradional Pow Wow at Muddy Run Park in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Native American dancing, food, crafts and jewelry. Dances for the public to join in. See the Muddy Run website for camping and directions. For more information contact: Noni at 717-776-1075 or Arvil at 717-817-6421, or email ManyHawks@Comcast.net or walksas1one@yahoo.com.
Oct 20*
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American Indian Festival. Fourth annual educational festival, sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning, Natural and Historical Resources Division, to be held at the Patuxent River Park in Prince George’s County, MD. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking.
Nov 1-30
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National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, sponsored by the Indian Health Service. Various celebrations, displays, and demonstrations throughout the month in and around Washington, DC. Check their calendar.
Dec 1*
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American Indian Powwow, 8th Annual powwow sponsored by the University of Maryland Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the College Park campus in Prince George’s County.

2013 Calendar

Jan 12
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Morning Star Celebration at the John Carroll School in Harford County, MD. 12th Annual Benefit Dance for St.Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. American Indian culture will be celebrated throughout the day with music, dance, food, and crafts. Contact: Gary Scholl by email or by phone at 410-838-8333 ext 2002.

 

More information on the Web

Disclaimer

BrokenClaw.net provides this page as a public service. I verify all information on this page with event organizers at the time of posting. However, I am not responsible for changes or cancellations. Dates marked with an *asterisk are tentative and will be verified at a later date. Visitors are encouraged to check the contact info immediately prior to an event. The sources for this page include the Maryland State Office of Tourism Development, supplemented by web searches, email, phone calls, and even snail mail. All of these events are open to the public. Expect to pay a nominal admission fee to cover the cost of the site and facilities.

To facilitate accuracy, I use a link to the organizer’s website whenever possible, rather than reproducing all of the information here. I personally verify all dates with the event organizers at the time of posting. If you see other websites with these same descriptions, they probably copied them from here. I find it amusing, yet disturbing, when a website copies text from another website, and then puts a copyright notice on their own page. I only ask that they credit BrokenClaw.net.

To submit new or updated information for this page, please use the Comment form below.

Comments

13 Responses to “Native American Events in Maryland”

  1. anita rose pierce says:

    I FOUND OUT A LONG TIME AGO THAT I AM JUST A SMIDGEN OF CHEROKEE IN MY BLOOD. i THOUGHT IT WAS RUMORS UNTIL I FOUND PHOTOGRAPHS OF CERTAIN ANCESTERS. i GREW UP IN A DISFUNCTIUAL FAMILY ENVIROMENT. EVERYBODY SAID IT WAS THE INDIAN IN R FAMILY.

    WHEN MY FAMILY GETS TOGETHER FRIENDS ARE IN SHOCK ABOUT HOW MUCH INDIAN IS IN ARE FAMILY. SEVERAL YEARS GO I APPLIED FOR SCHOOL AND IT CAME UP AS PART CHEROKEE. i LOST MY SISTER WHO RAISED ME AND SHE DID FLOOD PLAINS AND RESEARCH ON THE TREATIES OF LAND THAT WAS TAKEN OVER BY THE US. BEFORE HER DEATH SHE SAID SEEK IT OUT. I KEEP ON THINKIIF I AMA MUTT, BUT WHY DO I DO CERTAIN THINGS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH NATVIE AMERICAN INDIANS. IF THIS DOES NOT MAKE SENSE THAN LET IT PASS.

    THANK YOU,

    ANITA

  2. John House says:

    My several times grandmother was Nicketti Powhatan. I understand she was Pamukey indian and her mother was a princess of the bear clan cherokee. I am trying to understand why no Pamukey indian will accept my heritage nor have I found any bear clan cherokee that knows anything about that linesge. I was told by my grandmother that she was an indians princess and started looking and found Nicketti Powhatan. Metoka Powhatan was my grandmother from the other side of the family yet, I have no way of contacting anyone to prove my descent. I am proud to know that I am Indian and would be honored to know all about my ancestry the Pamukey and the Cherokee……John

  3. danielle blair says:

    I have learned that there is a native american burial site At Perry Point. I am a new employee there and would like to learn more.Where would I find information regarding this?

  4. brokenclaw; i like your websites i followed them to historic st marys city and see several references to my original ancestor in america. it is good to know that you had an ancester who helped with the growth of the country. my chances of getting back east to those sites is pretty slim as i live in oregon,am retired and do not have much traveling money, ken swearengin

  5. Don Tompkins says:

    Dear Broken Claw Readers,

    On 18 November 2009 Fort Detrick, MD will host an American Indian Heritage Month Observance. The scheduled guest speaker is Karl Little Owl. I am looking for Native American performers, artists, singers, or story tellers that can bring their talents and knowledge of Native American life and culture to the event. Please contact me if you are interested in either attending or performing/presenting your craft. Compensation for participation in the observance will be negotiated prior to the event.

    Please contact either Don Tompkins 301-619-7448, or Carol O’Brien 301-619-7685 for more information.

  6. Asa Arkeketa says:

    You have done an amazing job on your website. I want to commend you for the work done. I have followed your work for over 5 years and appreciate what you do.

    Thanks again!

    ‘Stands by it’

  7. I am a representative of Cub Scout Pack 555 in Port Deposit, MD. We are looking for Native American vendors for our upcoming event at the Prime Outlets in Perryville, MD. If you are interested please feel free to contact me at 410-658-8071. The date of the event is June 27th.

  8. christina says:

    Dear BrokenClaw,

    I am contacting you because I want to learn more about who I am by researching my roots. I live in Ho. Co. MD and I am an African American, but I have been told that I have Native American roots, but no one in the family can give specifics, so I was wondering if you could help. Also, besides researching my Native history, I want to become active in the Native American community and learn the culture of various tribes/nations. Can you help?

    Some years back, I met a wonderful Indian during a spiritual retreat and he honored me with the Spirit name Morning Star. I love this name and I would like to honor the name and the culture, but learning….

    Vr,
    Christina Hall-Bramble
    cabramble1@comcast.net

  9. Robin R. Stokes-Smith says:

    Hi,

    I am Robin Stokes-Smith, Outreach Coordinator for Upper Chesapeake Healthlink. I am working with a grant that provides Free Primary Care for Minorities. Native Americans are a segment of the county population that I am trying to reach. I will attend the Morning Star Celebration at John Carroll School on January 10th.

    I feel that it will take more that just this one event. Therefore, I am reaching out to you for assistance. I can be reached on my work cell (410-459-8108).

    I thank you and I look forward to your assistance in reaching the Native Americans of my Community.

    Robin

  10. jamie says:

    Just wanted to say thank u for this wonderful site!! Very informative and helpful. I am grateful for the Spirit in which you chose to do this. Wah Doh!!

  11. Brenda says:

    Hi Richard,
    Please e-mail me, I am qualified, Native American, and qualified to speak on the topics at your conference in Oct
    Brenda

  12. donna wilson-stup says:

    I enjoy going to Pow Wows every year. My Father was part Cherokee.

  13. Richard Karel says:

    I’m a herbal medicine student in the M.Sc. program at Tai Sophia Institute. I’m doing a little volunteer work with Baltimore Bioneers and we are looking for an articulate, well-focused Maryland Native American to speak at the conference (in October) regarding Native American worldview, the environment, sustainability, and possibly herbal and shamanic medicine.

    If anyone knows of someone who might be interested please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Richard

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