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2013 Events

Historic Badin Hardaway Annual Powwow

With the help of Seven Gables owner Matt Steed, June will also showcase the inaugural run of the Historic Badin Hardaway Annual Powwow a rousing and colorful celebration of spirit and culture expected to attract hundreds of visitors.

The powwow is planned to unite Native American nations from around the country in an area renowned for its positive impact on ancient native culture.

Evidence of the role the Badin area played in shaping indigenous and nomadic societies 10,000-12,000 years ago followed the discovery and management of the Hardaway Site, among the most significant of contemporary archeological finds.

Among other spear-point styles found in the area, the Hardaway Point has become a renowned discovery that, when paired with the timeline of the Clovis point dictates a remarkable soliloquy of ancient culture in the Carolinas and beyond.


The Inaugural Badin Hardaway Powwow ceremony will be in the Town of Badin along beside the shore of beautiful Badin Lake, by an ancient ceremonial gathering place of Indian tribes from the eastern United States and across North America, now called the Hardaway Site.


NC Highway 740 in Badin by the water in the lakeside field across from the Badin Business Park (former Alcoa plant).


June 21st 2013 (Fri. evening)
Friday – Grand Entry 6 p.m.

June 22nd 2013 (Sat. afternoon/evening)
Saturday Afternoon Grand Entry – 12:30 p.m.

Intertribal Dancing – 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Storytelling, Demonstrations, Music – 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.,
Intertribal/exhibition dancing – 3:15 to 5 p.m.
Dinner break – 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Free to registered dancers, singers and staff)
Saturday Evening Grand Entry – 7 p.m.
Intertribal Dancing – 7:30 to 8:30
Raffle prizes and awards given – 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Intertribal Dancing – 9 to 9:45
Closing ceremony – 9:45 to 10 p.m.

Craft and Food vendors will be available during normal powwow hours Fri. and Sat. Go here for vendor information & application.

Lead Dancer (Male) – Mike Cranford
Lead Dancer (Female) – Jeannie Cranford
M.C. – Harland Richardson
Host Drum – NaMaWoChi
Guest Drum –
Arena Director – Rick Kelley

Town of Badin’s Native History

Badin celebrates 100 years in 2013, an occasion historic in Badin, not only for township lineage, but for a rich history from a distant era. This area was a significant gathering place for Indian Tribes from across the country. Evidence suggests numerous tribes regularly traveled great distances to be here and now Badin is home to one of the most noted archaeological discoveries of our time, the Hardaway Site. Artifacts from Badin date back many thousands of years and suggest Badin was a seasonal home to many diverse tribes. Historians speculate this was a place of great ceremonial significance. Extensive artifact evidence chronicles nomadic hunting and fishing practices along the rivers and streams of the Yadkin - Pee Dee Basin.

Powwow Etiquette

Listen to the MC. The MC is a guide for appropriate behavior through instruction and announcment of rules and protocol.

Outfits worn by dancers are not costumes, they are “Regalia,” and most are sacred.

Photography and video is allowable unless the MC specifically prohibits it. In some instances recording is not allowed. If you wish to photograph an individual outside the dance arena, ask for permission first.

It is usually OK with dancers to photograph.

Respect everyone - this is a sacred and blessed place. The goal is to share with others and have a good time.

Call Matt Steed at (704) 438-1491 or David Summerlin at (704) 438-1268 with any questions.

The 2013 Inaugural Badin Hardaway Powwow scheduled for Friday, June 21st, and Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. Powwow hours will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and from 12:30 p.m. to 10: p.m. Saturday.

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