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Spring Powwow coming to Lamar-Dixon

Staff reports
Participants carry on the traditions of Native Americans in last year’s Louisiana Indian Heritage Association Spring Powwow at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. This year’s event is set for April 17-19 at the center’s 4-H Building.

Native American traditions and drum music, singing and dancing will be featured at the 43rd Annual Louisiana Indian Heritage Association Spring Powwow on April 17-19 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center 4-H Building in Gonzales.

Field trip activities will be held for children on Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The admission fee is $5 for adults. Children 12 and under with paid adult, uniformed first responders, Scouts and their leaders in uniform, and veterans are free. 

The event is open to the public. It is an alcohol and drug free event.

The event has been partially funded by grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge - DAF. 

A powwow is a family reunion, revival, and cultural festival celebrating Native American traditions. It is an educational function that can be experienced by families and individuals of all ages. There will be Native American music, dancing, food, and a variety of authentic crafts.

The powwow is interactive, intergenerational and educational with activities appealing to families and individuals of all ages. 

Deborah “Dee” White Eye, LMSW lectures on the LIHA-LEH topic Building Cultural Identity for Our Native Children in Public Schools during the Saturday afternoon Symposium.

Some Native American celebrities scheduled to be there are recording artists Matthew Montour, Perry “Spirit Dancer” Gabbard, and Dee White Eye, internationally-acclaimed flute maker/performer Will Harjo, and award-winning storyteller Teren Stevens.

LIHA’s Indian Market is the place to shop for Native American silver and turquoise jewelry, Kachina Dolls, dance shawls, baskets, pottery, rugs, blankets, handmade leather goods, dream catchers, indigenous books, music CDs and DVDs, fine art and more. Native American artisans and traders from across the country travel hundreds of miles to demonstrate, display, and sell their artwork, crafts and wares.

LIHA, a state chartered non-profit organization, is dedicated to the preservation and achievement of high standard Native American dancing, singing, arts and crafts.

LIHA’s powwows are generally accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone who requires a specific accommodation can contact Katherine Hoover at 504-736-6086 by April 15.

For more information, call Joe at 504-837-6085 or e-mail djpm2@cox.net.