Lamar-Dixon to host LIHA Fall Powwow

Staff reports

The public is invited to celebrate Native American traditions and colorful pageantry at Louisiana Indian Heritage Association's 42nd Annual Fall Powwow, to be held Nov. 29-30 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

The event opens Nov. 29 at 10 a.m., with grand entries at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., and closes at 11 p.m. Sunday, gates open at 10 a.m. with grand entry at 1 p.m. and closure at 5 p.m. Gourd dancing will take place before each grand entry.

Admission to the event is $5, with children under the age of 12 admitted free of charge with a paid adult. Active members of the military, World War II veterans, first responders and Scouts in uniform will also be admitted for free. Parking for the event will be $3.

A powwow is like a family reunion, revival, and cultural festival show-casing Native American music, dancing, singing, storytelling, and authentic crafts for sale.

Visitors can sample Indian fry bread and other traditional foods. Dedicated to preservation of their heritage and featured in the exhibition area, Native American artisans from Louisiana and neighboring states demonstrate the construction of baskets and other utensils essential for daily living as well as other Native crafts.

Those who attend can also meet Native American celebrities such as internationally acclaimed artist Dana Tiger and award-winning actress Irene Bedard, best known as the voice and physical model of the main character in the Disney animated film “Pocahontas.”

Native American music will be provided by Irene & Deni. There will also be stomp dance exhibitions and other activities during the intermissions between intertribal dance sessions.

Humanities scholar Fred Cureau will display sample artifacts from his extensive collection, provide expert commentary and field questions on the LIHA-LEH topic, “The Iconology of the Pre-Columbian Eastern and Central United States and Its Influence on Art and Ceremonial Activities.” Cureau's exhibition booth will be displayed Nov. 29 between noon and 6 p.m. and Nov. 30 from noon to closing at 5 p.m.

LIHAs powwows are highly interactive, intergenerational, and educational with activities appealing to families and individuals of all ages, a spokesperson for the event said.

“Come meet and interact with Native Americans from across Indian Country, and gain insight into a proud people that you can not get from books alone,” a spokesperson for the event said.

The LIHA 42nd Annual Fall Powwow has been funded in part by a Public Grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Decentralized Arts Funding.

For further information on the LIHA?PowWow, contact Deb at djpm2@cox.net, Andi at andi4769@aol.com or Rose at rosebehani 954@hotmail.com.

More information can als be found at the LIHA Web site, www.liha-news.com.