Pow Wow In The Park
An exciting opportunity for 8 to 12 year olds to learn traditional drumming from around the world and traditional Native American games and sports.
Somewhere between hurling and lacrosse, Native American Stickball is the oldest sport in North America. Written records exist of it in the 17th Century but it is thought to have already existed for several hundred years before then. Originally an alternative to battle for solving disputes between tribes, it is now a popular sport among Native American communities and their friends.
Ace Greenwood from the Chickasaw tribe in Oklahoma will visit schools in the Cabra and Finglas areas and talk to children about Native American culture and song and give them a chance to try out stickball for themselves. In addition, The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm and Dublin Circus Project will organise some of Ireland's top drumming workshop facilitators and circus performers to work with local schools in the run up to June 23rd, introducing children to different drumming traditions from around the world.
On June 23rd, a constant rotation of workshops will be held in the Soccer Pitch at John Paul II Park, allowing a constant pulse of drumming to accompany Ace and the children playing games of stickball and learning circus skills. There will also be a special performance at 2pm by Dublin Circus Project.
All are welcome to drop in! Children and young people of all ages are welcome to take part in drumming and circus activities, but please note stickball is limited to 8 to12 year old participants.