Pow wow on the Pacolet River

Published 8:55 pm Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Daniel Garvin of the Mi’kmaq tribe (the western spelling is more commonly known as Micmac) in Canada, along with his wife Kay, visited Harmon Field on Saturday from their home in Landrum to perform a pow wow ceremony alongside the banks of the Pacolet River. Daniel Garvin, second from left, explained his heritage as a Mi’kmaq Native American. Garvin said he knew he was drawn to the culture, the tribe and his lineage well before his father opened up to him about the tribe. Garvin told those in attendance at Saturday’s pow wow that doing these ceremonies is like church for him, and in doing them, he can find out more about his tribe and his father. Garvin lead the attendees in playing the native drum to the songs of the Mi’kmaq and Cherokee tribes (of which his wife Kay is descended) and treated them to the native flute, playing songs ranging from “Amazing Grace” to the “Sunset Song.” (Photo by Michael O’Hearn)

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