This FREE, family-friendly annual event is held over Labor Day weekend and features some of the best Native American dancers, singers and drummers in the country. Besides the memorable pow wow entertainment, vendors will sell traditional native foods and stunning handcrafted silverwork, beadwork, baskets and other American Indian traditional and fine art.
The colorful Grand Entry will include over 200 dances, from toddlers to golden age (50-years and older). The Grand Entry will be at the following times:
Ancillary events during the weekend celebration also features hand games, community feed, a 3-mile walk/run and 5.2 mile Warrior Run which challenges runners with a 2,000 foot climb in elevation. All of these events are free and open to the public. Camping spaces are available as well as free parking.
The event takes place in Hungry Valley, which is just 19 miles north of downtown Reno, nestled in scenic Eagle Canyon. For Google Map directions, click here.
The pow wow is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute Chief, known for peace. Chief Numaga was a great 19th century leader who had the courage and the vision to counsel against war. Facing severe threats to his people by invading white forces, Numaga repeatedly chose peace. His successful peace negotiations, helped set a precedent for future disputes.
Numaga also has a documented history of trying to preserve the destruction of our aboriginal lands. Numaga called the pine nut groves, the Indian’s orchards and asked whites to collect fallen timber instead of cutting down healthy trees. Unfortunately, Numaga’s early advocacy for Mother Earth fell on deaf ears. Translated from the English language, Numaga means “Give Food.” He passed away in 1871 and is buried in the hills near Wadsworth.