Big Drum Powwow wraps up first day at Roger Williams Memorial

The Roger Williams National Memorial in Providence, Rhode Island on September 28th and 29th, was the venue of the annual Big Drum Powwow, the culmination of the annual New England Native American Culture Week. It is hosted by Eastern Medicine Cultural LLC, in conjunction with sponsors, National Park Service and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. Click here for a three-minute video of the last drum on Saturday. Click here for a three-minute video.

(Above) The Eastern Medicine Singers perform the last drum on the first day of the two-day event. The group is made up of Rhode Island, New Your, New Jersey and Southeastern Massachusetts tribes.

 

(Above) Raymond Two Hawks Watson, Neesu Wushuwunoag, Pomham Sachem of the Mashapaug Nahaganset Tribe signals that this is the last drum of the day.

 

(Above) Tonay Gooday of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona dances the last blanket dance of the day to the drum.

 

Members of the Nahaganset Tribe participate in the last dance of the day, including Ray Two Hawks Watson with his young son.

Click here for a three-minute video.