Tunica-Biloxi announces 2013 Pow Wow weekend schedule

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe's 18th Annual Pow Wow will be held at the Chief Joseph "Alcide" Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and Paragon Casino Resort will host the annual event that celebrates Native American culture and heritage.

Native American tribal dancers, singers and artisans from across North America will gather for the annual celebration that will include cultural festivities, authentic food, arts and crafts, dancing, singing and more.

This year's Pow Wow will feature special performances by Robby Romero performing native rock on the Pow Wow stage on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.

The Pow Wow is open to the general public, daily admission is $5. The fee for children 5 and younger is $3. Spectators will be treated to other performances by flutist, Hawk Henries and the Tunica-Biloxi Legend Keepers. The event will feature over vendors selling Native American inspired food such as corn soup, Indian tacos, buffalo burgers and fried bread. Vendors will be on site selling beautiful handmade crafts such as jewelry, blankets, pottery and leather items.

Friday evening's Grand Entry, where all participating tribes will enter the Pow Wow grounds wearing the tribal regalia will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's events will feature Native American dance competitions with dancers representing tribes throughout North America. There will be opportunities when the public will invited into the circle to participate in inter-tribal dancing.

The weekend schedule of events is as follows:

Friday, May 17

6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Hawk Henries Concert (Nipmuc Flutist)

7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Grand Entry (Procession of Dancers in full regalia) Social Dancing

8:30 p.m. Committee's Special Dance Contest (3 categories selected randomly after Grand Entry)

Saturday, May 18

10 a.m. Tunica-Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers (Storytelling & Songs)

11 a.m. Robby Romero (Native Rock)

12 noon Gourd Dancing (Warrior Dance)

1 – 4 p.m. Grand Entry; Social Dancing, Dance & Drum Competition

5:30 p.m. Hawk Henries Concert (Nipmuc Flutist)

6:15 p.m. Robby Romero (Native Rock)

7:30 p.m. Grand Entry, Social Dancing, & Competition

Sunday, May 19

10 a.m. Tunica-Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers (Storytelling & Songs)

10:30 a.m. Gourd Dancing

12 noon Grand Entry; Social Dancing; Competition Finals

4 p.m. Dance & Drum Contest Awards

The public is invited to visit the new Cultural & Educational Resources Center that houses the Tunica-Biloxi Museum. The brand new 40,000 square foot museum will house the largest collection of European and Native American artifacts from the Colonial period. The museum will have Tunica Treasures artifacts on display and will also house traveling exhibits in the future. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission prices: Adults: $5, Children: (9-12) $3, Children: (8-under) Free with purchase of adult admission (Does not apply to children in groups), Seniors: (65 +)/Military: (with ID) $4, Members of CERC: Free

For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow or other upcoming events at Paragon Casino Resort, please visit www.tunicapowwow.org or call 1-800-946-1946.