Published June 24, 2017
MASHPEE, MASSACHUSETTS – The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s 96th Annual Powwow will begin this year on July 1st.
The theme for this year’s three-day (July 1-3) annual Native homecoming tradition is: “Honoring Our Traditions.”
Each day at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds (formerly the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in Falmouth) the gates will open at 10 a.m. with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m.
This year’s Powwow 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 to offer healing 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.
Another popular draw will also be back this year. The traditional clambake, prepared by The Lady Hawk Singers, to include lobster, quahogs, clams and corn on the cob, will be held on Monday afternoon at 3pm.
The Powwow will be held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, 1220 Nathan Ellis Highway, East Falmouth, MA. Admission for adults is $15; $10 for children 6 to 12 years old, as well as elders 65 and over. Children under the age of 5 get in for free.