Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's 96th Annual Powwow
Annual homecoming celebration of Mashpee Wampanoag culture and traditions. The theme this year is “Honoring Our Tradition” and will include traditional dance and drumming contests, Wampanoag cuisine, as well as scores of artisans and vendors.
As in year’s past, Fireball will kick-off at dusk on Sunday, July 2nd. To the outside observer Fireball appears to be a soccer game being played with a kerosene-soaked ball lit on fire. But for the Wampanoag, fireball is a healing ceremony for people who are seriously ill. Each player dedicates their courage to a loved one while kicking and carrying the ball under the watchful eye of Fireball Keeper David Pocknett, Sr.
The traditional clambake prepared by The Lady Hawk Singers returns this year. The bake includes lobster, quahogs, clams and corn on the cob, and will be held on Monday afternoon at 3pm. Tribal dance and drum contestants will have a chance to win up to $30,000 in prizes.
Admission for adults is $15 and $10 for children 6 to 12 years of age as well as elders 65 and over. Children under the age of 5 get in for free.
Date: July 01-03, 2017 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
Location: Cape Cod Fairgrounds | 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway Route 151, East Falmouth, MA 02536 | 508-477-0208
Event website: mashpeewampanoagtribe-nsn.gov