Pow Wow in Gray to honor animals

Posted Aug. 03, 2010, at 7:11 p.m.

GRAY, Maine — A Native American Pow Wow to honor the animals will be held 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 7-8, at the Maine Wildlife Park.

Representatives of several Maine and New England tribes will be at the park with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths. Representatives of the Maine Abenaki, MicMac and Passamaquoddy tribes will be in attendance as vendors and presenters. Native Americans from other New England states are expected to attend in full regalia as well.

A new feature this year will be the setup of a traditional Wiki teepee, or wigwam, consistent with one of the types of traveling lodges used by Northeast tribes. Bedrolls, furs, kettle chains and hooks, axes and other camp equipment are a part of this exhibit. Authentically clothed interpreters will be on hand to explain the exhibit, with formal talks given each day.

A Grand Entry is scheduled for noon on both Saturday and Sunday. The park’s bald eagle and red-tailed hawk will be presented at this time. This Pow Wow is one of only two in the country that has a live bald eagle participating.

All proceeds from the Honor the Animals Pow Wow are directed toward new exhibits for wildlife. Regular park admission fees will be charged. Admission is free for ages 3 and under; $5 ages 5-12; $7 for adults; $5 for seniors. Groups of 15 or more are $3.50 per person. Family and community season passes are available.

The Maine Wildlife Park, located on Route 26, is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The park exists to promote an understanding and awareness of the wildlife, conservation and habitat protection programs and projects of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

The Maine Wildlife Park has more than 30 species of native wildlife on display, plus wildlife gardens, nature trails, a fish hatchery and other interactive exhibits and displays. The park is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily, April 15-Nov. 11.; visitors must leave the premises by 6 p.m.

For information, call the Maine Wildlife Park at 657-4977; or visit www.mainewildlifepark.com.

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