The Cheroenhaka Nottoway Tribe held its annual Corn Harvest Powwow this weekend in Courtland, where the tribe is headquartered.

The Cheroenhaka are one of Virginia's state-recognized tribe, but hasn't achieved federal recognition yet. That designation makes certain federal funding and programs available to them.

The tribe operates a nonprofit entity and the powwow is the main fundraiser. This year, the tribe plans to put proceeds toward a cultural center.

Here are photos from the celebration.
Photo by Laura Philion.

The Cheroenhaka Nottoway Tribe’s flag flies alongside the American flag at the 30th Annual Corn Harvest Powwow on Nov. 5, 2022. The tribal flag shows the translation of the tribe’s name, “people at the fork of the stream.”

Photo by Laura Philion.

Members of the Cheroenhaka Nottoway tribe stand during the powwow’s Grand Entry. They wear fringed buckskin regalia and hold feathered prayer fans.

Photo by Laura Philion.

A woman takes part in the dancers’ raffle. She wears a jingle dress, whose distinctive sound and look originates in Ojibwe culture.

Photo by Laura Philion.

Another dancer in a jingle dress makes her way through the dancing circle. Jingle dresses are a relatively new tradition, only popularized in the last 100 years.

Photo by Laura Philion.

Lead dancers Taylor Mullin (Lumbee) and David “Spirit Hawk” Brown (Cheroenhaka) lead visitors and tribe members in a friendship dance. Mullin wears a jingle dress and intricate beaded regalia in her hair. Brown wears a feathered headdress and bustle with a turtle shell incorporated into the design.

Photo by Laura Philion.

Mullin and Brown dance during the Inter-Tribal dance. Mullin, who is Lumbee, hails from North Carolina. Brown, the son of Cheroenhaka Chief Walt “Red Hawk” Brown, is from Franklin.

Photo by Laura Philion. Soldiers dance the friendship dance alongside tribal members in traditional regalia. This friendship dance started as a circle, breaking and moving in snakelike sections before joining again.
Photo by Laura Philion.

A woman holds a baby at the center of the friendship dance. “He’ll remember the sound of the drum,” said emcee Joey Cruchfield. “It sounds like his mother’s heartbeat.”

Photo by Laura Philion.
Doll Alexander, center, exits the dance circle at the conclusion of the Grand Entry. Wearing red and blue Comanche regalia, Alexander traveled from Arlington to attend the powwow.