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11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow

The 11th Hour
"We Are the Ones We've Been Waiting For"

Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Vermont Veterans' Home
325 North Street
Bennington, VT

Pow Wow is happening rain (under the Pavillion) or shine!

All tickets are available at the gate.
Pow Wow One Day Admission

$8 – Adults
$5 – Seniors 65+ and Youth 11-17
$1 – Children 10 and under
Saturday, August 13th, 10am – 10pm
Grand Entry: 1:00pm
Sunday, August 14th, 10am – 6pm
Grand Entry: 1:00pm

It’s Pow Wow time again! After eleven years of celebratory dance, song, and drumming, this year’s 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will explode in another weekend of American Indian music, dance, education, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, and cultural festivities fun for the whole family!

The 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow is being held in Bennington, VT this summer on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th, 2016.

For two exiting days, Bennington, Vermont will be the center of Native American art and culture where American Indians will gather and share the richness, diversity and beauty of their Indigenous culture. The 11th Annual Rock, Rattle & Drum Pow Wow will be held on the beautiful grounds of the Vermont Veteran’s Home in Bennington, VT on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th, 2016.

Uniting in the true spirit of humankind our intertribal pow wow is a unique celebration and sharing of Native culture through traditional songs, dances and art. Traditionally pow wows are gatherings that Native American people use as a place to meet, dance, sing, renew, strengthen and share their rich culture. Our pow wow features authentic American Indian dancing, drumming, and tribal regalia. Native Americans ranging in age from toddlers to elders will dance in several different styles including fancy, traditional, grass and jingle dress wearing traditional and contemporary regalia. Well-loved drum groups provide vocal and rhythmic accompaniment for the dancers.

A variety of American Indian culture is expressed through award winning vendor exhibits of arts, crafts, demonstrations, music, contemporary and traditional foods. This year our pow wow will honor Veterans and share an indigenous perspective on sustainable living; the community and local not for profit organizations will also be represented.

Back by popular demand, this year’s Pow Wow will feature special performances by Arvel Bird (please see bio below), a Nammy Award Winner Native American violinist, flute player singer and storyteller, and Danza Azteca – the Aztec Dance Group. For the tenth year, Aaron Athey of the Mohegan Nation is our Master of Ceremonies. Rez Dogs is our Host Drum and Red Blanket is our Honor Drum. Hector Rosa LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux from Eagle Butte, South Dakota and Taino from Aguada, Puerto Rico, a northern traditional dancer and singer is our Head Man Dancer and Kiana LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Niantic Pequot and Taino, a competition jingle dress dancer is our Head Lady Dancer. Shealani Kimimila LeBeau, Cheyenne River Sioux, Niantic Pequot and Taino, a competition jingle dress dancer is our Head Junior Lady Dancer.

Special Honoring’s – Our special veteran's honoring and presentation during the Grand Entry on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm is one of the highlights of the pow wow. All Veterans and their families are welcome to participate.

The Vermont Veterans' Home is an experienced residential and healthcare campus for Veterans. The staff of the Vermont Veterans' Home work as a team to fulfill America's promise to care for our country's Veterans, their spouses, and Gold Star parents. To truly fulfill the promise they offer clinical care and a wide range of services that are recognized for their effectiveness in patient centered care. Together they strive to create an environment that provides residents with the dignity and respect that they so rightfully deserve.

The Norshaft Lions Club will be parking the cars and this year THERE WILL BE SHUTTLES to the pow wow gate!

The theme of our Pow Wow this year is The 11th Hour, We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For. This year’s pow wow will have a circle of elders speaking to the Native American prophecies of these times. They say there are the times the prophecies are coming true. (Press release continues after Hopi Prophecy).

You have been telling people that this is the Eleventh Hour, now you must go back and tell the people that this is the Hour. And there are things to be considered…

Where are you living? What are you doing? What are your relationships? Are you in right relation? Where is your water?
Know your garden. It is time to speak your truth. Create your community. Be good to each other. And do not look outside yourself for your leader.
Then he clasped his hands together, smiled, and said, “This could be a good time! There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves. For the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the one wolf is over. Gather yourselves! Banish the word ’struggle’ from your attitude and your vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
- Hopi Elders' Prophecy

For more information please contact Susan Jameson at 802-753-6835 or Fidel Moreno, 832-777-8081,,,

Arvel Bird Bio

"Braveheart Meets Last of the Mohicans . . . at Woodstock" is a colorful description of this award-winning Celtic Indian Arvel Bird’s live performances. With his violin, fiddle, Native flutes and Irish whistles, Bird weaves a powerful tapestry of music and stories. He performs nearly 160 shows a year at a variety of venues from music festivals to concert halls where the audience gets a glimpse into his Native American heart and Scottish soul.

Classically trained as a violinist, Arvel Bird's compositions and performances encompass an extraordinary love of diversity—from traditional Celtic tunes and bluegrass standards to his original Native American and Celtic rock orchestrations.

In his youth, Bird’s first private violin teacher in Salt Lake City, UT encouraged him to play from his soul. Prophetically, she said, “Arvel, no one will remember if you’re the best or the fastest, but they will remember your passion.”

Bird attended Arizona State University on music scholarship later transferring to Champagne/ Urbana, IL where he studied classical violin with renowned Hungarian violin master, Paul Rolland at the University of Illinois. Bird credits Mr. Rolland with perfecting his performance technique.

As he worked to develop his own music style and a large and loyal following, Bird went wherever the music called him, which led him away from classical and towards Bluegrass, Appalachian, Folk and Celtic. During his years in the Midwest, Bird won the Indiana State Fiddle Contest four times while still perfecting a variety of musical styles. Bird returned to Arizona in 1986 and hired by Glen Campbell to tour worldwide for the next six years.

In 1991, he continued to tour with Campbell and moved to Nashville, TN, later adding tours with Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall, Ray Price, Louise Mandrell, Clay Walker, and others.

Once he began composing and recording his own music, the result was a fusion of both his Scottish (Clan Kennedy) and Native American (Southern Paiute) roots that are uniquely his own and intricately woven throughout his songs.

One of Bird's favorite aspects of touring is that it has taken him to Scotland, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and in prestigious locations including the SkyDome in Toronto, Ontario, Royal Albert Hall in London, England, Smithsonian Museums in DC and NY, Hochstein Performance Hall in Rochester, NY and the Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa, FL just to name a few -- with symphonies, chamber orchestras, large festivals and more, logging over 500,000 road miles. As he winds begins his 12th year of full-time touring, Bird gives no indication he’s ready to slow down. In fact, later this year, he will be making his debut in Scandanavia for a two week tour.

Bird has released 23 CDs, two EPs and two DVDs, earning him numerous music awards. One of his most cherished is for his classical recording, Tribal Music Suite: Journey of a Paiute, a Celtic and Native American concerto that earned him Best Instrumental Album and Best Producer/Engineer (with Grammy-winning producer Tom Wasinger and Nashville engineer Chas Williams) at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Other awards include Artist of the Year as voted by peers and fans as well as numerous Best Instrumentals.

His continuously evolving music is delighting audiences worldwide. 2015 will see the release of two more CDs, Animal Totems 3, a world music CD and Celtic Indian, both long awaited albums.

During his 13 years in Nashville, Bird built a master recording studio to help him launch his own independent record label, Singing Wolf Records, to support most of his future recordings. Initially this gave him his own haven to write and record his original music and later to record hundreds of songs and album projects for songwriters and independent artists all over the world.

Although based in Nashville, TN, Bird is permanently on the road, connecting with audiences the old-fashioned way. . . live. This is where Arvel’s emotionally driven performances thrive, igniting concert venues, symphony halls, festivals and more, leaving his audiences inspired, transfixed and transformed.

Please contact Healing Wind's Co-Directors Fidel Moreno, 832-777-8081 and Susan Jameson, 802-753-6835 or email Susan for a list of ticket outlets.

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