All Nations Drum to perform at Battle Days

Agnes Hapka

October 1, 2013

POINT PLEASANT — All Nations Drum, a Native American drum group, will bring its talents to this year’s Battle Days at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park.

Battle Days begins this Friday evening, October 4, and All Nations Drum is scheduled for a main performance at 6 p.m. on Saturday, but will be performing demonstrations throughout the day. Doug Wiant, park ranger, said that the group is dedicated to educating people about Native American life.

Wiant said the group, which is led by John Spotted Horse Helton, will be dressed in traditional Native American clothing. All Nations Drum, Wiant said, features one large drum, and several dancers and drummers.

“This is a ceremony by a renowned drum group, meant to teach the general public about Native American traditions,” Wiant said. “Folks might assume that there’ll be warpaint and that it’ll be loud, but this is more toned down. John Spotted Horse Helton is going to talk about different dances, types of dress, and the use of drums.”

Wiant added that people should plan to arrange their own seating for the ceremony; he said that there won’t be any seating provided other than a few scattered hay bales.

“Bring a lawn chair and just listen, or join in the dancing and the rhythms,” Wiant said, “Come out and join the fun.”

The ceremony is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, October 5, at Tu-Endie-Wei State Park, as part of the Battle Days festivities.

Each year Tu-Endei-Wei participates in Point Pleasant Battle Days event which commemorates the Battle of Point Pleasant, fought October 10, 1774.

More information about the All Nations Drum event, or about Battle Days as a whole, may be found online at