Pow-wows: Traditionally, the American Indianist Society sponsors two major pow-wows. One is held
during the Memorial Day Weekend at the end of May and the other during Columbus Day Weekend in October. These coincide
with the three day holiday weekends. Throughout the year, there are many pow-wows which are supported by members of
the American Indianist Society.
Craft Shows: At pow-wows members display their own craft work and study the craftwork of others.
The shows are usually held in the arbor and the craftwork is displayed on blankets or benches. Ribbons are awarded, but awards
are really secondary to the learning potential presented to those who attend the show.
Educational Seminars: Periodically, the American Indianist Society sponsors or assists at workshops
and seminars on various craft techniques, dance steps, specific regalia, and singing. These workshops are announced
in our newsletter, Talking Leaves.
Artifact Sales: Besides being a fund raiser for our organization, artifact sales are one way to
recycle items not needed or outgrown with the intention of making them available to someone looking to put an outfit together
and could use a good deal. Persons who present items for the artifact sale may either donate the item to our organization
or receive a percentage of the final auction price with the proceeds going into our general fund.
Marie Radice Award: This award is presented for excellence in Native American craftwork and research.
Marie had been making Native American regalia for many years and she was known for her intensive research and precise attention
to detail. Marie's craftwork sets a standard of excellence we should strive to achieve. This award is now given
in her memory.
Fashion Shows: In addition to craft shows, fashion shows display the rich variety of American Indian
regalia. This show can inspire you to dreate your own clothes or can provide ideas and techniques as to how to improve
your own clothing projects.