Photo Gallery: The 12th Annual Virginia Beach American Indian Pow Wow on Mount Trashmore

Photo Gallery: The 12th Annual Virginia Beach American Indian Pow Wow on Mount Trashmore

By: 
Vincent Schilling
5/27/12

For the past twelve years, the Virginia Beach Department of Parks and Recreation has hosted their annual American Indian pow wow for the Hampton Roads public at the base at Mt. Trashmore (see our coverage of it last year here). Mt. Trashmore is a 70-foot tall “mountain” in Virginia Beach that is infamous for its historic transition from landfill to Public Park in the 1960’s. See our video of last year's event here.

Thousands head to this pow wow on this mountain of trash, which covers an approximate 640,000 pounds of garbage and is the highest point in Virginia Beach.

The event receives generous support from the Native and non-Native communities in Virginia. Debbie Vick, recreation specialist for the Department of Parks and Recreation and Mayor Will Sessoms Jr are two of those supporters.

"This is such a big, diverse city, and I’m constantly amazed at how many people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds live here. Native Americans have a lot to be proud of,” said Mayor Sessoms, Jr.

The event, run by the city, is a proud intertribal event that brings a host of tribal members from different affiliations from up and down the east coast. As these photos show, it's colorful, exciting, and filled with family and friends.

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