CULLMAN – This Saturday and Sunday, August 15, and 16, at Sportsman Lake Park in Cullman the first annual Native American Charity Pow Wow will be held. Organized by George “White Wolf” Teague, the event is a fundraiser for the Lighthouse located on Convent Road that is a transitional home for men.
The family event will go on for two days. The Pow Wow starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
The price for admission to the event is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and $3 for senior citizens 62 and up. Children 5 and under get in free.
Teague, a man who has battled alcoholism, says the fundraiser is a necessity because the state-funded Lighthouse is losing portions of the monetary allotment it had once received.
“We’re down to receiving $40, and for a facility that needs to feed 12 men and furnish space for them that isn’t enough,” he said.
The cost of enrolling in the Lighthouse is about $400 a month.
The facility, when running at maximum capacity, is capable of housing 12 men, but because of the lack of financial support, it has had to limit the size to nine, frustrating the 300 men on the waiting list.
The Pow Wow will be centered around dance, and Teague has booked several groups to perform classic Native American dances for those in attendance.
Along with the dance, the event will have Native American drumming, food, and craft vendors.
Teague wants this event to grow into a community celebration and an opportunity for residents to learn something about a different culture.
Cullman has many events and festivals throughout the year, but none offer the same opportunity for cultural education as Teague’s Pow Wow.
The event’s flyers specify that attendees must bring lawn chairs, as seating will not be provided by the park or the event-holders.
The flyer also specifies that no firearms, politics, alcohol or drugs are allowed.