Dix Park Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

Pow Wow Graphic with date and time of event and sunflower design

Saturday, October 30

The Big Field | 10am - 6:30pm

Hosted in partnership with indigenous community organizers, the Triangle Native American Society, NC Museum of History, City of Raleigh Museum, Dix Park Conservancy, the City of Raleigh and the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh.

Experience a day of competition dancing, music, vendors, and fun showcasing the incredible legacy and culture of Indigenous communities living in North Carolina today.

This event is free and open to the public with no ticket required. However, RSVPs help us plan for how many folks are attending and we can send you important event updates including inclement weather notices.


Pow Wow dancers

Head Dancers

Brandon Locklear & Olivia Richardson


Host Drums

Stoney Creek & Southern Eagle

Invited Drums

Warpaint & Smokey River

Tribal Dance Competition

Tribal Citizens and Native Dancers from across the state are invited  to sign up for the dance competitions.

For COVID safety, Pow Wow organizers prefer if dancers Pre-Register Online at dixparkconservancy.org/powwow.

On-site Registration will also be available day-of from 10am-11am.

Dance Categories + Prizes

Adult (18+), Teen (ages 13-17), Youth (ages 5-12), Tiny Tots (ages 0-4) 

Men's Adult/Teen/Youth

  • Grass
  • Traditional
  • Fancy

Women's Adult/Teen/Youth

  • Jingle
  • Traditional (Northern/Southern)
  • Fancy

Tiny Tots

  • Young Native children and toddlers are welcome to dance freely

Prizes awarded by the Dix Park Conservancy

1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $200
3rd Place: $150

1st Place: $150
2nd Place: $100
3rd Place: $75

1st Place: $75
2nd Place: $50
3rd Place: $25

Special Performances

Alexis Raeana

Alexis Raeana
Lumbee Tribe

Alexis Raeana (She, Her, Hers) is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She is the CEO of AlexisRaeana, LLC where she offers elite entertainment, makeup artistry, modeling, environmental and indigenous advocacy services. Alexis received her B.S. in Environmental Science in 2019 from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She is a former Miss Lumbee, received a Golden Ticket on ABC's American Idol, opened for Patti LaBelle, released an award winning music video highlighting #MMIW, a current ambassador for the United States, a published model and makeup artist, as well as Action for Climate Emergency's  North Carolina Program Manager.  She continues to break through glass ceilings while exuding confidence as an indigenous woman, and continues to be a voice for all indigenous people.

Charly Lowry

Charly Lowry
Lumbee Tribe

Charly Lowry, a musical powerhouse from Pembroke, NC, is proud to be an Indigenous woman belonging to the Lumbee/Tuscarora Tribes.  As an Artivist, she is compassionate as it pertains to raising awareness around issues that plague underdeveloped and underserved communities.  Since her teenage years of studying the sounds of Motown, Pura Fé, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and southern gospel, Charly has established a career as a professional singer-songwriter (acoustic/electric guitar and Native American hand drum) who is known for her strong, passionate voice and versatility.  Over the past decade Lowry has received 2 kidney transplants, toured extensively and internationally (US, Europe, Canada) as lead singer and recording artist of the multi award-winning band, Dark Water Rising, collaborated with numerous artists, bands, and organizations including (UlalÍ, Rhiannon Giddens, New Mastersounds, Decolonizing Wealth and more), and served as executive-director of “Peace in the Park”.  Currently spearheading her most recent project, “CHARLY”, Lowry’s life experiences are guiding her in a music career that is focused upon increasing Indigenous visibility on a global scale; revitalizing and preserving culture, whilst exploring genres of world, soul, country, folk, blues, rock, and roots music.  

Among her community, Native women are traditionally barred from the hand-drum, singing behind the men's drum and/or dancing instead.  Lowry defies that norm, following in the footsteps of her mentor Pura Fé; choosing to battle with her songs, storytelling, hand drum, and guitar to deliver performances that not only tell the plight of her people but all humankind that face oppression. Robeson County, her home, is one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., and Charly celebrates the diversity of those southern, rural swamps in all aspects of her life. While she may be familiar to some from her success as a semi-finalist on American Idol, she has maintained close ties to her Native American roots and culture. 

She serves as a voice for her ancestors, as well as the youth of today, and remains committed to music that honors roots but lives vibrantly in the here and now.  

Pow Wow Schedule

10:00 AM     Gates Open/Dance Competition Registration Begins
11:00 AM     Dance Competition Registrations Ends
11:30 AM     Speakers
12:00 PM     Grand Entry
1:00 PM        Intertribal Dancing 
1:30 PM        Tiny Tots
1:40 PM        Contest for Juniors
2:00 PM        Charly Lowry
2:30 PM        Contests for Teens
3:00 PM        Mexican Consulate – Aztec Dancers
3:30 PM        Specials/Social Dancing/Smoke Dancers
4:30 PM        Dinner Break 
5:00 PM        Alexis Raeana
5:30 PM        Intertribal Dancing/Contests for Adults
6:00 PM       Social Dancing
6:30 PM       Announcement of Winners/Closing Songs


Living Traditions
Meherrin Outpost
Scuffletown Suppliers
American Indian Company
Pueblo Native Arts & Crafts
Silver Spring Trading
Tour Warrenton
Simply Produce
Native Faces
Brian Lynch's Jewelry
Lock's Designs
Native Connection
Ray Silva
Antonio Grant
Here Are My Peeps
Native Eye Gifts & Creations
Cornelio Campos

Food Vendors

Charlies Kabobs on Wheels
Tacos Mama Chava
Just Like Mommas
The Corner Venezuelan 

Head Staff

Arena Director: Jason Evans
Tabulator: Qua Lynch
Emcee: Sandon Jacobs
Sound: Troy Richardson

Pow Wow Planning Committee

Dix Park Conservancy, Triangle Native American Society and other Native leaders chose representatives from tribes in North Carolina, and staff with the NC Museum of History to plan the first Inter-Tribal Pow Wow at Dorothea Dix Park. Meet the faces behind this inaugural event:

Christina Strickland Theodorou

Christina Strickland Theodorou
Lumbee Tribe

Christina Strickland Theodorou has worked in tribal leadership development and an advocate of generating equity, parity and balance for indigenous communities. A graduate of UNC-Pembroke, Christina has 15 years’ experience working in tribal affairs on state, university and federal levels. While attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Theodorou led efforts as one of the founders of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority, an American Indian women’s organization geared at helping with retention efforts of native female students, and supporting the professional development of native women nationally. 

Sandon Jacobs

Sandon Jacobs

Sandon is an enrolled member of the Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe of NC from the Buckhead Community. After graduating from UNC Pembroke in 1999, he moved to the Triangle to begin his career in software development. Sandon lives in North Raleigh with his wife (Brandi) and their daughters (Kaylee and Kaydon). He had the privilege of visiting Native communities throughout the US and Canada as a powwow singer and MC for the past 30 years.

Dana L. Chavis

Dana L. Chavis
Lumbee Tribe

Dana is a native of Raeford, NC, but graduated from NCSSM in Durham, NC. She obtained her undergraduate degree in History from Duke University and her Master of Public Administration from UNC-Pembroke. In May 2020, she graduated cum laude with her Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law. After successfully passing the NC Bar exam in July 2020, she was admitted to the North Carolina State Bar in the Fall of 2020. She is employed at SECU as Staff Counsel.  Dana is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Aubrey and Arielle, who are enrolled members of the Navajo Nation. Since childhood, she has attended pow-wows and love the feeling of family and community that is experienced every time she hears the drum and see the dancers. It is an experience that she cannot wait to share with every person who attends this pow-wow.

Olivia Richardson

Olivia Richardson
Haliwa-Saponi Tribe

Olivia Richardson is a member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe of Hollister, NC. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, and her Masters in Accounting from East Carolina University of Greenville, NC. She currently lives in Raleigh, NC and works as a Senior Accountant for Southern Industrial Constructors, Inc. Olivia has traveled the powwow trail since a very young age. She has been a jingle dancer her entire life. Her passion for this dance comes directly from its meaning -- healing. One of her most memorable life moments was being crowned Miss Indian North Carolina 2013-2014, having the honor and privilege of representing all Natives of North Carolina. 

Alyson Vuley

Alyson Vuley
NC Museum of History

Alyson is the Community Programs and Festivals Coordinator at the North Carolina Museum of History. Her focus is the annual American Indian Heritage Celebration and African American Cultural Celebration. Alyson recently moved here from Atlanta where she managed children and family programs at the Carlos Museum at Emory University. Prior to Georgia, Alyson lived for twelve years in Costa Rica where she learned Spanish, rode ponies, kayaked in estuaries, made paintings of banana flowers, and raised her family. 

Joshua L. Richardson

Joshua L. Richardson
Haliwa-Saponi Tribe

Joshua is from Hollister, North Carolina, and a citizen of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian tribe. Joshua received his Juris Doctorate with highest honors from North Carolina Central University School of Law. While in law school, he assisted his colleagues in reactivating the Native American Law Students Association and hosted the inaugural Soaring Eagle Powwow on NCCU’s Campus. He is currently an associate attorney for Buckley LLP, and he serves as an ex officio member of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs as the NC Native American Council on Higher Education (NCNACOHE) Representative. 

Trey Roberts

Trey Roberts
Haliwa-Saponi Tribe

Trey is from Hollister, NC and is part of the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe. He graduated with a BA in Communications from William Peace University and currently resides in Raleigh, NC. Trey is currently the Community Engagement Manager for the Dix Park Conservancy. He is very proud to be able to work alongside the City of Raleigh and the planning committee to bring the first pow wow to Dix Park, contribute to the fabric of his culture, and honor the use of the land in pre-colonial Raleigh.

Community Partners 

Thank you to our community partners who played a part in planning this event and whose contributions have added to the fabric of the Dix Park Inter-Tribal Pow Wow:

Art by Evynn Richardson, Haliwa-Saponi Tribe

Know Before You Go

  • Walking will be necessary in and around the event area. Please note, portions of the event have uneven surfaces. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
  • There will be a few food vendors at this event. Depending on attendance there may be long lines and wait times.
  • You may bring in your own food and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Port-a-johns will be the only restrooms available at the event site. ADA accessible facilities will be included.
  • Indoor restrooms are available at the Chapel Event Center from 12:00 pm-5:00 pm.

COVID-19 Safety Reminders

  • Please stay home if you are sick!
  • Face coverings are required inside all City of Raleigh facilities.
  • Mask use is encouraged in outdoor spaces when social distancing is not possible.
  • A 6-foot distance is recommended between yourself and people outside your household.
  • Visit Raleigh Parks COVID-19 page for the latest information and guidance.

If we need to postpone or cancel due to inclement weather, we will communicate through email to registered attendees ( Please RSVP on Eventbrite) and post on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


  • Parking is available in all paved and gravel lots.
  • Due to the high volume of people and limited parking, please carpool if possible.


  • Dogs are permitted, but please use your best judgment regarding whether your pooch will enjoy the event. We’re expecting a lot of people, so it could be crowded and loud. All dogs must be leashed, well-behaved and please clean up after them!