From traditional Shoshone garb to games and Indian Tacos, the Ely Shoshone Tribe’s annual Fandango celebration is set to show off the history and culture of the Native American Tribe. This year’s “opening ceremonies” are set to start on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Education Center located at 250 Heritage Way and will offer a rib cook-off in addition to vendors and games.
The Fandango will run for three days, ending on Sunday, and offer a chance for non-tribe members to learn and participate in Shoshone games, such as the “hand game” and traditional dancing, according to Shoshone Tribe member Kathryn Griffith. The entire three day celebration of culture is free and open to the public.
Other Fandango activities will include raffles, volleyball, auctions and an archery competition.
“The Fandango is a great opportunity to enjoy Shoshone Culture, amazing great times for the whole family, wonderful food, and awesome activities through-out the entire event. Including great donated raffle prizes, and cash prizes for some open contests,” Griffith said.
Those looking for some music and dancing can enjoy performances by exhibition drummers and dancers, also known as a powwow, on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a variety of dances such as grass, fancy, traditional, shawl, jingle, and others as well as different categories.
Schedule of events:
Friday: Crafts and booths 5 p.m., Opening ceremonies start at 7 p.m., five card Hepitso games all day.
Saturday: Fun run/walk starts at 6:3 a.m., crafts and booths will be going all day as well as raffles and five card Hepitso games. Exhibition drummers and dancers will perform between noon and 5 p.m. A handgame tournament will run from 2:30 p.m. to the end of the tournament. A veteran recognition ceremony will start at 2 p.m. and a horseshoe tournament will begin at 1 p.m. In addition there will also be adult and kid games going on all day including a bounce house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., karaoke from 8-11 p.m., and rib cook-off set to begin in the afternoon.
Sunday: Five card Hepitso games will be available to play all day.