Spirit of Nations Powwow to Celebrate the Arts

In recognition of the “Celebrate the Arts” theme of the 2022 Spirit of Nations powwow, Jefferson County Mayor Mark Potts has issued a proclamation declaring Saturday, March 26th, as “Celebrate the Arts Day” in Jefferson County. The powwow will be held at Patriot Academy in Jefferson City, TN.

John Martin, formerly the chairman of the Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs, joined the mayor as the proclamation was signed. “I have always felt that without the arts, a culture is one generation away from disappearing. The arts are essential to the survival of a people,” he said. Martin serves as a member of the board of directors for Indian Creek Productions, Inc., which sponsors the powwow.

Sherry Finchum, also on hand for the proclamation signing, is secretary and webmaster for Indian Creek Productions, Inc. She is the financial liaison and ESSER compliance officer for Jefferson County schools and understands the importance of sharing music and the arts with children.

“Music is a gift from our Creator. Music speaks to me in a big way! The powwow drum mimics our very own heartbeat. That is powerful! The drum calls us to the circle. The music touches us deeply and brings many memories to mind,” Mrs. Finchum said.

“I cannot imagine a world without the art of music,” she added. In addition to special demonstrations of traditional arts, such as basketry and beadwork, the powwow will feature American Indian arts and crafts for sale, Indian tacos, activities for children, competition powwow dancing, flute playing, a silent auction, American Indian craft demonstrations, and a hoop dance performance.

Funding for the Spirit of Nations Powwow is provided in part by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Patriot Academy is located at 419 W. Dumplin Valley Road, Jefferson City, TN, 37760. Admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children. Veterans and active-duty military personnel are admitted free.  More information is available at www.indiancreekproductions.com or on the Indian Creek Productions Facebook page. Specific questions can be directed to indiancreekproductions@gmail.com