27th Annual Pow-Wow & Festival

May 24th & 25th, 2014

          10,000 years of history…
                    Honoring the past…
                              400 years of survival…
                                        Building the future…

Drum Competition & Dance Specials

Food • Jewelry • Demonstrations • Crafts

Adult Dance Specials • Hand Drum Contest

Men’s Northern, Southern, Fancy & Grass

Women’s Northern, Southern, Fancy & Jingle

Drummers and Dancers must register.
No entry fee to compete.
Drums must have a minimum of 5 drummers to compete.

Grounds open 10AM to 5PM
Grand Entry: Saturday at Noon • Sunday at 1PM

Admission: Adults: $5.00 • Children (6 – 12): $3.00
All proceeds support The Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe.

The Upper Mattaponi Tribal Grounds are located at 13476 King William Road, King William County, Virginia

For more information, contact:

Reggie Tupponce Jr. (804)360-7410

Please bring your own lawn chairs & blankets.
No alcoholic beverages • No pets • No coolers.


  1. T Sheppard
    Posted April 4, 2015 at 4:14 pm | Permalink

    Can you please provide the name and a mailing address for the current Chief of the Mattaponi tribe? Thanks for your consideration.

    • bbell
      Posted April 4, 2015 at 7:23 pm | Permalink


      Chief Kenneth Adams
      237 Mona Drive
      Newport News, VA 23608

  2. Posted January 9, 2015 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    Please add my email address to your mailings. Interested in attending the powwow.

    • bbell
      Posted January 9, 2015 at 1:06 am | Permalink

      I’m sorry, but we don’t maintain a mailing list. The Pow-Wow is always held during Memorial Weekend.

  3. Lauren Skelton
    Posted July 6, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Good afternoon, if you send email notifications of upcoming pow wows, please add me to your list. Thank you.

    • bbell
      Posted October 7, 2014 at 11:06 pm | Permalink

      So sorry for not responding earlier, but your post ended up in the spam folder by mistake. We don’t have a mailing list. However, if you use a modern browser like Chrome or Internet Explorer, you should be able to configure an RSS feed for new posts. The URL for the feed is http://www.uppermattaponi.org/feed/. There’s very little activity on the site, so you shouldn’t have to worry about being overwhelmed with unwanted emails.

  4. Posted May 26, 2014 at 7:34 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations to you and the Powwow Committee for the excellent, well organized
    occasion. I have been attending your powwows for years and found that this year’s celebration was also very informative. The MC seemed very knowledgeable about the origin of the dances, regalia and traditions of Western American Indians. The question and answer session was a very appropriate, especially since it has been my experience that many visitors to Virginia’s tribal powwows seem to come for answers “from the horse’s mouth”, not given to them in school. Vendors provide face to face “educational sessions”, especially since some are knowledgeable about their own cultures. For example, since I specialize in Taino culture (the first “Indians” of the first European Encounter in the Americas in 1492) visitors learned about those thing that we gave to the world. The dugout canoe (a Taino word) in the village site was like the ones that met Columbus, however, we made ours from the giant, sacred Ceiba or tropical cottonwood tree. My wife is a Virginia Indian and she did the same for your shared culture. Our vending neighbor was an Inca from Ecuador who shared inside information on his culture. Chief Adams appropriately “brought it home” with his information on the host nation, the Upper Mattaponi. The powwow, therefore, provided a larger picture of the American Indian’s experiences.

  5. Posted May 22, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    To Whom It May Concern,

    Greetings from Liberty University’s Center for Multicultural Enrichment! Center for Multicultural Enrichment (Center4ME) is celebrating American Indian Heritage Month in November. We saw from your website that you educates and promotes Native American heritage. We really appreciate your specialties and would like to invite one of your members to speak at our cultural deliberative dialogue during the American Indian Heritage Month at Liberty University. We do offer monetary gift. Could you let us know your member would be available in November, 2014?
    We are also looking for dancers who can perform powwow. Could you recommend some dancers to us? We would like to invite some Native American dancers to perform for students at Liberty at our American Indian Heritage Month Kick-Off. Could you help us to get in touch with the dancers who would be able to perform powwow for us? Our event will be held in November. Thanks!

    Looking forward to hearing back from you!


    Grace Yasa Guo ‘13
    Cultural Competency Coordinator
    Center for Multicultural Enrichment

    (434) 592-4020

    Liberty University | Training Champions for Christ since 1971

  6. Posted April 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm | Permalink

    Information about the powwow

  7. Lorraine Justice
    Posted April 30, 2014 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Information about the Pow Wow.

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