The Code of the Wolf: Spirit of the Wolf Native American Festival

  You usually hear me talking about the Code of the West something I live by everyday, however my Native American Heritage is also something very dear to me, and I participate in several Native American festivals and powwows throughout the summer months. I belong to the Wolf Clan an inter-tribal ban of Native American’s in upstate New York, and this weekend marks our 3rd Annual Native American festival/powwow. As head male dancer I share the responsibility with my wife and take charge of the Native circle as we dance in celebration, and celebrate our heritage to the mother earths heartbeat, the sacred drum.

There will be many festivities all weekend long including dancing, drumming, crafts, demonstrations, flute playing and a feast to follow for vendors, dancers, and volunteers that help us as we celebrate our heritage.

The wolf clan is celebrating the spirit of the wolf, as we host our Annual Native American Festival on August 25th and 26th in Broadalbin, NY. The Wolf Clan teaches a timely message for all Beings. Respect the Elders, Teach the Young, Cooperate with the Pack. Play when you can, Hunt when you must, Rest in between. Share your Affection, Voice your Feelings, and Leave your Mark.

The Public may join the Wolf Clan in celebrating the Native American heritage, Native lore, dancing, drumming, and crafts, on Aug. 25th and 26th at 29 Pine St. EXT, Broadabin, NY 12025. They will be featuring The Aztec Fire Dancers, Flute Player Robert Kunnaway, as well as Native craft vendors, drumming, storytellers, demonstrators, and children’s candy dances all weekend long.

The Spirit of the Wolf Native American Festival is open to the public and fun for all ages. Adults are $5.00 each and Children under 12 are free. The gates open Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm; and Grand Entry to begin at noon both days.

All Proceeds will Benefit Local Charities, and to Honor all of our Veterans and Emergency Responders, you are invited to join us in dancing in your honor and to thank you for your service to our country, during grand entry.

For more info: Call Betty Overrocker 518-842-6672 or visit our website at
All Drums and Dancers are welcome to attend. Our Host Drum is Mother Earth; Vendors, Dancers and drummers wanted. Saturday evening there will be a Potluck and Trade Blanket for vendors, dancers, and volunteers.

The fact that we are the Wolf Clan is the reason we chose such a name as Spirit of the Wolf for our powwow, as we want to celebrate the spirit of the wolf, in doing so we follow that code, the Code of the Wolf, which in many ways can be filtered into, and around the code of the west. A lot of people make the mistake of a Wolf, in its symbolic meaning as to think it is fierce and brings terror to the Native People as well as associating the wolf as being a loner, hence the words “lone wolf”. On the contrary, the Wolf is an incredible communicator. By using touch, body movements, eye contact as well as many complex vocal expressions – the wolf makes his point understood. Those with totem wolf symbols are of the same inclination – they are expressive both vocally and physically. Those who have the wolf as their totem animal are naturally eloquent in speech, and also have knack for creative writing. The Wolf is a creature with a high sense of loyalty and strength, and a very social creature, friendly, and gregarious with its counterparts. Further, the Wolf possess a high intellect, and have been observed using strategies about hunting, habitat and migration. to learn more about the Wolf and its Totems refer to  Whats-your-sign.

The Code of the Wolf is simple and can be followed just like the code of the west, and can be followed by everyone, that code is;

Code of the Wolf
1.Be loyal to your friends
2.Honor all elders
3.Always leave your Mark
4. Play when you can
5. Protect your family
6. Stand your Ground
7. Take charge when others show weakness
8. Teach your young right from wrong
9. Work when you must
10. Voice your Opinion.

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