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6037 Robinson Hall, Room 206
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-2110
Fax: 603-646-9168

Dartmouth Pow Wow Description

The Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) and Native American Program (NAP) have hosted the Dartmouth Pow-Wow since 1973. The Pow-Wow is recognized as a Dartmouth tradition and has received positive recognition from across the United States. It has blessed Dartmouth and neighboring communities with a lasting awareness of Native Americans and their culture, attracting over one-thousand on-lookers annually.

The Dartmouth Pow-Wow serves as an opportunity for members of both the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities to observe, participate, and learn from a broad representation of Native American Dances, music, and arts and crafts.  Below are key terms and their descriptions.  

Host Drum 

The Host Drum serves as the leader of the musical component of the Pow Wow.  They are designated to sing the first song each day. The song can be viewed as an opening prayer offered before a gathering. 

Head Man and Woman Dancer

These skilled and experienced dancers are appointed to lead all participating dancers in and out of the dancing arena at the start and end of the Pow-Wow. The appointment of Head Dancer is a great honor and recognizes the experience, age and ability of the chosen individuals.

Master of Ceremonies

The Master of ceremonies acts as the narrator of the Pow Wow.  He informs participants and the audience what is happening within the arena through storytelling, active narration, humor and regular updates and announcements.  The MC has to have an incredible ammount of energy as he serves as the voice that guides and informs the people involved in the Pow Wow.  

Arena Director

The Arena Director acts as the mind of the Pow Wow.  The Director is the one in charge of all of the moving pieces of a Pow Wow.  They make sure Drums know when they are playing and what kind of song needs to come next.  They are also the ones who make sure the dancers are informed of where they need to be and when.  The Director is also in charge of judges and making sure each competition has them available and at the ready.  

Last Updated: 4/10/15