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52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very informative and relaxing day spent with my family. So muchto see and love how the spectators are asked to join in on the dancing. I took my 2 year old great granddaughter out for the youth dance. She wasn’t sure of it at first but later she took my hand and walked me back out to the circle. I too have an Indian heritage but not on the books So I was truly excited and emotional when she led me back out 💕

Jane W.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at LAIFI are amazing people! Everyone was so friendly and helpful, and their message is amazing! So glad I got to meet them and spend the weekend with them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I loved attending this powwow! We had a wonderful time. I only wish the events had been posted so I could have panned better. I did not know when the dances were happening and I wanted to see some of my favs. I loved the announcer and the people were great! A lot of good energy. One of the few powwows that are still outside like they should be!! Can’t wait to see everyone next year! There was a tent for people to connect with services!!! It was awesome! Have a post of events and it will be 5 stars!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great time visiting with Friends, eating frybread, making new Friends, eating frybread, & playing flutes & drumming with the flute groups,,, always a very spiritual & moving experience, & we were blessed by Creator with Eagles soaring overhead,,, lots of venders, & the food from all the kitchens was great, especially the frybread,,, nya-weh to all those who were there,, we enjoyed the Emcee, and did I mention the delicious frybread tacos??? Hope to see everyone there next year,,,, the photo is of me, sunbear, & my Daughter, Vanessa

Bobbi Jo C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Enjoy the muddy run Pow wow every year from beginning to end. It's awesome. Thank you for the memories..see you all next year

Writer

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great event for family and friends to come together before winter get here.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We are dancers and love going to the powwow there are great people

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i had a memorable time with my sister, we danced in the circle and felt united with everyone around us. we definitely will be returning to the next ceremony🕉

nativemom4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the pleasure of volunteering with Lawilowan American Indian Festival Inc for many years. This is one of the most hard working groups out there. It takes a lot of work to put on not one but two Pow Wow's each year. It's a small group but they get a lot done. This year's Pow Wow was one of the best. From multiple drums, to an amazing MC that taught everyone something new, fantastic dancers and vendors, it was amazing. This year they decided to focus on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and provided a great learning space for it. I will continue to volunteer for years to come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lawilowan American Indian Festival, Inc. is an amazing Organization, that works hard for the Native People and the causes that affect them most. They provide a true learning experience for anyone that attends one of their events(Lawilowan American Indian Festival, and Muddy Run Pow Wow) People can feel comfortable asking questions and being part of these events. I have been a volunteer for many years and continue to be impressed with the family atmosphere that they provide for anyone wanting to learn about the Native Culture. They truly deserve a 5 star rating.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had an amazing time. Drove 2 1/2 hours alone to get there and left with new family.
Educational as well as a spiritual experience.
My Mother was going to Pow Wow. I wish I had attended while she was still here.

Thank you Everyone.

Sandie C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great time. Very interactive & educational

Mary C.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great time, loved the dancing, drums, food, vendors & MC who kept things moving along

manyhawks

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a group that started out very small and has worked hard to earn high ratings when it comes to putting on two top-notch Native American festival events every year (one in the Spring and one in the Fall). Both Lawilowan Festival and the Muddy Run Powwow draw large crowds, as they are family oriented, offer great Native drumming, dancing, arts and crafts, and a welcoming atmosphere for all who attend. They also are very instructional for those not well acquainted with the Native American culture(s), as the emcees explain what the various dances represent. The mix of Native tribal people and traditional regalia from across the country lends a great deal to the gatherings as well. It all adds up to a great way to learn about the many cultures within the overall culture, and enjoy the day or a weekend! And the viewing audience gets a chance to join in the fun! Highly recommend both events they present.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both the Lawilowan Festival (March) and the Muddy Run Powwow in the fall, are two of the best American Indian events in the tri-state region each year. Drawing dancers from over 50 different tribes from across the country, participants and public alike are treated to a wonderful mixture of the tribal cultures, regalia, and dance styles. With a large number of craftspeople offering a huge selection of Native arts, crafts, jewelry, clothing, and other items for sale (including native food), it's an event that truly has something to offer to everyone. It's a great way to spend the day in a family friendly atmosphere!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This event is always so neat! We go every year. It’s great to learn about and so exciting!

Jenna N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love coming every year. The atmosphere is very healing and everyone is like a huge family

Lynnea Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every year for a few years now I have attended the events. They are absolutely amazing and have become a tradition to attend. I highly recommend checking out their events and what their all about.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I always looked forward to being at this event - everyone was treated as family. The public enjoyed the dancing, drumming, and educational talks by the M.C. There's always a wide variety of authentic Native goods offered by the vendors. Overall, an event of peace, healing and brotherhood.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This Organization puts on two major events each, I my wife and I look so forward to going each time. They do an excellent job of educating the public, and raising funds for their choosen Charitable groups.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our Drum, the Red Arrow Singers, always look forward to Lawilowan festival at Shippensburg in the spring. The Pow Wow is always so well organized. We enjoy seeing old friends in new regalia, and making new friends. This well attended Pow Wow contributes its profits to combat Diabetes, an all to common disease among the Native American Community.

1 Stacey L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a vendor at the Lawilowan American Indian Festival. I have absolutely loved every minute with the organization and all the people involved. They go out of their way to make sure that what they do is honoring to our people, culture and traditions. They make sure that elders are taken care of at the events and teach respect. They go above and beyond for the outreach they provide.

Jodi M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best Powwows that I get to. I look forward to it every year.

Vic A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nothing but love for an amazing group of people who go out of thier way to try make other peoples lives a little bit easier..the events are 2 of the best in state. We love attending and helping in anyway possible. Cant wait for the next one!!!

Doug White Bear S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group of people do a great job educating the public the public about the native American community while raising funds for diabetes which effects a large number of Native Americans

Tony Moon Hawk L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This is an excellent Nonprofit. The organizers are professionals. They do everything with care and respect. I am very pleased to work with them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

First attended Lawilowan when it was still in Carlisle. I look forward to this event every year; I like to think of it as my spring grounding and reawakening. The familiar faces makes it feel like a true family gathering, even if I may not know everyone's name. The vendors are always top notch. The coordinators run everything very efficiently and have become special friends. I love to wipe away the winter blues with the music and drumming and always leave feeling uplifted and ready to face another year!

DeadRabbit

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been attending these events since I was a kid. Always great people and a friendly atmosphere. Now that I have a child of my own I can't wait to watch her grow in this community as well.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a bead and craft supply vendor. I set up at several events each year. Lawilowan American Indian Festivals are some of the best around. They are well run and well attended. There is always a lot of dancers, drums and a good variety of vendors. The event fee is reasonable. I look forward to visiting with returning customers each year and meeting new people. I would highly recommend these events.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Lawilowan American Indian festival is a wonderful event to educate the non native public about native ceremony and ways , also it's a great way for native people to get together to socialize and celebrate. The people who run and partcipate in the event are very kind and considerate always willing to extend a friendly hand. They work so hard to donate to help fight cancer .
Lawilowan is truly a well rounded native group who help others through their events . We look forward to the event every year.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The people that put on the Lawilowan American Indian Festivals at Shippensburg and Muddy Run, PA. Powwows are a blessing to their communities. The work tirelessly for months to make each event memorable. The proceeds go to find a cure for diabetes. There is a wealth of information on health issues besides the added benefit of the knowledge shared about native Americans. All done in a setting free of alcohol and drugs. Definitely kid friendly, a perfect way for a family to spend a day together. Everyone is treated with respect and veterans and EMTs, firemen and law enforcement are honored and thanked for their service. We go to many powwows in many states, these are definitely at the top of theist of best events east of the Mississippi.

1 WhiteWolf

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the first time I went to Muddy Run Powwow, back in 2009, to now attending and helping in any way that I can, at both Muddy Run Powwow and Lawilowan American Indian Festival, has been a great experience for me. Everyone is so welcoming and willing to teach, if you take the time to listen. Many friendships have been made that also turned into the honor of calling them family. If you ever have the time, please come out, to at least one of these and come and experience it for yourself.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I attendied the powwow at Muddy Run for several years as a spectator with my Seminole mother. She always enjoyed this powwow and it brought her much joy, so after she crossed over, it was laid heavy on my heart to become involved in memory and respect for her. It takes hard work and commitment by many to organize a major event such as this. Now, as a board member of the Lawilowan American Indian Festival, Inc. I'm committed, as are the other members, to do what it takes to continue the Muddy Run Powwow as well as the Shippensburg's Powwow. Both are family-oriented and educational events that share with the general public the Native American culture through, dance, drumming, singers and flutists in addition to the variety of authentic Native American crafts, jewelry and food. I'm honored and blessed to play a small role in bringing these events to the public.

1 June15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been going to Lawilowan Powwows for a few years. They are very welcoming and such a great group of people to learn from! Native and non Natives are all accepted and given a chance to be involved with a great organization.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Lawilowan powwow is such an amazing way for anyone who is interested in Native culture to enjoy. Not only are newcomers welcomed, they are invited to participate in the dancing, the shopping, and of course not to forget the eating! It is a great powwow to learn many things from Native history, culture, religion, and even the occasional falconry program (which was new this year). I enjoy teaching my children by letting them explore and ask questions. Everyone is always so nice and willing to take time to answer those questions. Arvil is a fantastic host who is mingling and making sure everything is running smoothly. I enjoy the Lawilowan powwows tremendously. Seeing familiar faces every year and watching new faces while their hearts are transformed by the beat of the drum. What powerful medicine.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been attending and participating in the Lawilowan powwows for many years. These events are very welcoming to the public and provide a relaxed atmosphere for all involved. Not to mention the education provided about the threat of diabetes in Native communities and non-Native alike.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing pow wow put on by even more amazing people. Very family friendly and they support other worthy causes. Their vendors have authentic made items

3 Virginia38

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This was my first year to attend and dance at this event. Very awesome experience from both view points. I found many willing to share and interact with the public and everyone took great pride in how they represented their individual cultures. I feel blessed to be a part and look forward to many more events in the future. A great pow wow to go to to learn about the eastern aboriginals north and south a like. Thank you and blessings to all who make these events possible. A'ho

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Very well Organized Event and very educational in that it Brings our Culture too life and the Espirit de Core of our People and who all that join hands with us in this Celebration. A learning experience that is priceless and what come away with as we leave at the end days ceremony will fill your hearts and minds forever.

1 Cheyenne C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing powwow that helps do a lot of good. Always amazing to see the community come together to celebrate heritage and for charity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first pow wow i attended was in Shippensburg pa. I grew up in this town and knew of native blood in my family. The atmosphere and people are very positive! So much fun and laughter! Everyone is welcome! I feel at home when i go, like I'm where i should be. Our ancestors would be so proud of the awesome work being done here!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE!
WHAT AN INCREDIBLE EDUCATION!
THIS IS AN EVENT THAT YOU CANNOT MISS! IT'S ALL ABOUT THE COMING TOGETHER OF ALL PEOPLE'S! THE MUSIC THE VENDORS THE FOOD ALL HAVE A STORY TO TELL! We at THE SILVER BROOMSTICK were vendors and cannot wait to attend again this year to see old friends and make new ones!!!

1 Adam75

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been attending these events for about 3 years now. When the committee made the decision to go non-profit, it was really eye-opening for me. This could be a great personal moneymaker and instead they decided to go completely charitable. These are great people and the events they put on are phenomenal.

1 Francene G.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with this event for many years. It is a family friendly event that encourages learning about the native American culture through hands on participation activities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This event was the first time we attended and head dance at. The settings was excellent and Arvil does such a great job getting everything in place. We we're very happy about the Pow Wow and dressing area for staff ,drummers and dancers. I would recommend attending this Pow Wow please. LN

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending the Lawilowan American Indian Festival Inc since it was first started. It is one of the BEST Pow Wows around that teaches the general public what the Native American Culture is about. All questions are answered. Everyone is respected. I have volunteered in several areas over the years, working the raffle table, as a vendor and this year I had my "teaching table " there with artifacts that could be picked up and looked at. I also told several stories that teach social acceptance, how to act, tribal history and some are just fun to tell about animal behavior. As long as Creator allows me I will attend this PowWow and Muddy Run Pow Wow to teach about our culture.

Highly recommend this Pow Wow to anyone who wants to learn about Native American Culture.

Uhma Ruth Py

2 Cookie H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lawilowan American Indian Festival, Inc is one of the Best Powwow's I have ever been
to and have the Honor of being a vendor for. The causes they they give to are close to my Heart ...Especially the Juvenile Diabetes as I have raised a Son with the disease and have always had the hope for a cure... Keep up the Great work you do and thank you

2 Michael435

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lawilowan American Indian Festival...great organization. They do good things for the community, and always have wonderful gatherings.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lawilowan American Indian Festival, Inc is a great group of hard-working people who are trying to preserve Native American Heritage and do good things in the community. Arvil Meisenhelter and his board work tirelessly all your round to put on two events. One event is held in March -- The Lawlilowan Native American Festival; and the other in September -- Muddy Run Pow-wow.

Both events offer educational opportunities for the general public. LAIF brings in several quality Native American Drum Teams for each event, the Master of Ceremonies is very knowledgeable, and the Head Dancers and Staff help to guide everyone through the dance experience. The vendors provide a good variety of both vintage and modern Native American art and supplies. And the food is always top notch, with both traditional fare and American favorites.

LAIF also supports the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Iron Warriors with a donation from each event.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lawilowan American Indian Festival, Inc. is a fantastic Organization, that is involved with teaching the General Public about the Native American Culture, as well as uses it's two major Events (Lawilowan American Indian Festival, and Muddy Run Pow Wow) to raise funds for Causes that affect many people. I started many years ago attending these Events, and have since become involved with this Organization. I believe that what this Organization does is well worth my time and effort to assist with.

5 Gail76

Board Member

Rating: 5

For the past several years I've been helping this organization with their events, two of them per year, Lawilowan America Indian Festival and the Muddy Run Pow Wow. This is an awesome event for patrons to learn about Native American culture. The things you will see while visiting these two Pow Wows are: Native American Dancing, drumming and singing; Native American style arts and crafts, Native American Flute playing; and Native American food. You will also see many tribes represented from around the country all dressed in their regalia. We do several dances that include the public, the Veteran's dance, children's candy dance, the friendship dance and several intertribal dances. look them up online, www.lawilowan.com for more information and their event dates and locations. We are family friendly and encourage the public to come out and visit our events.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that donates money to some very good causes and puts on fantastic Powwows that provide educational and learning opportunities to the public and an opportunity to experience Native American culture!! Will support them as long as they are in existence!!