Hog Fry, Pow Wow set for Nov. 17

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 17, for the Second Annual Hog Fry and Pow Wow at the Desert Empire Fair’s Mesquite Hall, hosted by the Cherokee Community of Central California, Ridgecrest Area.

Free and open to the public, this event is both a Cherokee tradition of a shared meal with the whole community and a traditional intertribal Native American celebration to educate and entertain.

According to CC of CC Area Representative Little Deer Durvin, both Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation Bill John Baker, and Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden plan to come all the way out from Tahlequah, Okla., to be part of this year’s festivities.

Also coming from Tahlequah will be Tommy Wildcat, storyteller, and representatives of the Cherokee Children’s Choir, who will sing in Cherokee.

A team of trained Native cooks will brew up vats of pinto beans and pork meat in the proper Cherokee way, outside over a wood fire. Indoors, another team of cooks will make authentic fry bread. Everyone is asked to bring a potluck dish to share, then everyone can feast.

A “mini-Pow Wow” will be in the afternoon, and will give everyone a chance to dance if they want to, and learn about Native traditions. November is National Native American Month. The event will include entertainment, drumming, dancing, crafts, activities for children, vendors and lots more.

The CC of CC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) group dedicated to education and the preservation of Native culture and traditions. Anyone who is interested in things Native is welcome to join, whether they have Native ancestry or not. If you can’t dance, no problem, we’ll teach you.

For details or to donate to help make this event happen, call Durvin at 760-382-4096. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Story First Published: 2012-11-07