If It’s Labor Day It Must Be the Powwow

Joanne Pilgrim

Labor Day weekend brings not only the end of the summer rental season but also the Shinnecock Indian Nation’s annual powwow, which will take place on the reservation from Friday through Monday.

The event, said to be the 68th in the tradition, features drum and dance contests, authentic native dress, and over $50,000 in prize money. The Shinnecocks will welcome members of many other tribes as well as the general public, and native arts, crafts, and foods will be for sale. There will also be raffles and a sunset fire-lighting.

The powwow will begin Friday at 3 p.m., with dancers and dignitaries making a grand entrance at 7. On Saturday and Sunday, the grounds open at 10 a.m., with “grand entries” at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days. On Monday, dancing, featuring dancers from the Teacopan and Aztec dancers, begins at 12:30 p.m. The powwow goes on raise or shine. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for senior citizens, the disabled, and children ages 6 to 12. Children under 5 are free. Pets are not allowed on the grounds.

The entrance to the reservation is on West Gate Road, off Montauk Highway in Southampton Village. Parking is free.