Friday, January 18th – Sunday, January 20th 2008
Doors open daily at 9:00 AM
The goal of the Red Paint Intertribal Council is to promote the Native American way of life, to encourage participation and cultural exchange between residents of the Southwest and the surrounding Native American communities, including Chiricahua Apache/Warm Springs Apache descendants; to engage in research, education, and to develope, establish, and promote projects and activities which further these ends. The Red Paint Powwow has grown into the educational and entertainment event that meets these goals. Powwow time is a Native American peoples’ way of meeting together to join in dancing and singing and making and renewing friendships. It is an event the entire family can enjoy. The Red Paint Powwow is becoming known as the first powwow of the New Year and as the winter powwow in both the regional and national powwow communities. It has consistently been drawing participants and vendores from around the country. The Red Paint Powwow is a community event sponsored in partnership with the Silver City Lodgers Tax, The Trail of the Mountin Spirits National Scenic Byway, The National Park Service,(Gila Cliff Dwellings NP), Gila National Forest, and The Black Range Resource Conservation & Development, Inc., a Southwest New Mexico nonprofit organization. Businesses and individuals from Silver City and throughtout Grant County Contribute funds and supplies for the Powwow. It is these donationas along with admission sales that provide the prize money for the dance competition. Donations are tax-deductible through The Black Range Resource Conservation & Development, Inc. Donors will be recognized in the program and by announcement throughout the event. Checks can be make out to the Red Paint Powwow/Black Range RC & D and mailed to Red Paint Powwow, P. O. Box 837, Santa Clara, NM 88026.
Cost: Daily admission is $7.00, seniors & children under 12 are $5.00
General Information & Fees:Powwow etiquette-It’s always good to see people from different backgrounds attending powwows, and learning more about Native cultures and ways, but sometimes not everyone acts as they should. Here are a few general guidelines to follow: THE ARENA-Blessed before dancing, the arena is considered sacred ground and should be treated repectfully. Never cut across it to get to the opposite side. Treat the arena as you would a church. Go in the “door” and out the same way. The MC will specify who is to dance & when, and when spectators may participate. RECORDING-Photos of individual dancers should only be taken with their permission and no commercial photography without first checking with the MC and powwow staff. Tape recorcding of the drums should be done only after asking the drum group. Video recording should be only for personal use, unless by previous arrangement with the staff. Absolutely NO recording of any kind on Honor Songs, Gourd Dancing, prayers, or at any other time the MC specifies. TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS-Powwows have strict rules against alcohol & drug use in the entire area of the powwow, there is no smoking in the area of the arena. ARTS & CRAFTS-At any given powwow, you will find a wide array of Indian arts, handmade crafts, and jewelry for sale. Often this is how these vendors make a living, and they sell quality goods at a resonalble price. Most may not accept checks, so it is best to have cash on hand. Please use care when handling merchandise and please watch your children! THE REGALIA-Dancers wear traditional regalia, not costumes, when they dance. Every part of the dancer’s regalia is very important to him or her for many reasons. Many hours go into the intricate beadwork and detailing, and a full set of regalia may take years to complete. The feathers or leather may be over 100 years old and be very fragile. Please never handle any part of a dancer’s outfit.
Location & Directions:
The 5th Annual Red Paint Powwow & Indian Market on January 18, 19, & 20, 2008, will be held at the Western New Mexico University campus located in Silver City, New Mexico. Silver City, New Mexico can be reached: FROM ALBUQUERQUE by traveling south on I25 to Highway 152 heading west to Highway 180 north. Highway 180 becomes Silver Heights Blvd. as it runs through town. FROM TUCSON, AZ by traveling east on I10 and north on Highway 90 from Lordsburg, New Mexico. FROM EL PASO, TX by traveling west on I10 and north on Highway 180. Western New Mexico University is located on the hill above Old Town Silver City Historic District off of College St.
Red Paint Intertribal Council
Red Paint Powwow, P. O. Box 837
Silver City, NM 88061