“The pow wow is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute Chief, known for peace.”
The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony hosted this weekend its annual Numaga Indian Days Pow Wow. This free, family event, now in its 32nd year, featured some of the best Native American dancers, singers, and drummers in the country.
The two-and-a-half day event was held August 30 to Sept. 2 in Hungry Valley, 19 miles north of downtown Reno and west of Spanish Springs.
A Grand Entry, held each day, featured more than 200 dances from toddlers to golden age (50-years and older). A drum contest included $24,000 for five places.
From the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony: “The pow wow is named after Chief Numaga, the famous Paiute, 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.”
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Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.