Spring Powwow Set for April 6-7 in USAO Field House

Spring Powwow Set for April 6-7 in USAO Field House



CHICKASHA - One of Chickasha’s largest annual powwows is scheduled April 6-7 in the Field House at the University of Science and Arts. Students in the Inter-Tribal Heritage Council (ITHC) are planning the event, which is non-exclusive and open to all members of the community.

Special guest dancers from across Oklahoma will be featured. The two-day event kicks off Friday evening at 7 p.m. with a presentation by the Caddo Cultural Club and the Riverside Firedancers.

Saturday’s events include a Gourd Dance from 2-5 p.m. and a dinner featuring fry bread and Indian corn for all guests beginning at 5:30 p.m. A Gourd Dance and Round Dance begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Grand Entry is scheduled at 7:30 p.m.

ITHC sponsors the event each year in April at USAO. The Oklahoma Tia Piah Society, Vietnam Era Veterans Association, University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Student Association, Comanche Indian Veterans Association and Comanche Nation College serve as co-hosts for this year’s event.

The 2006-07 ITHC Princess is freshman Jocelyn “Clarene” Ware of Anadarko. Emcee for the event is Sammy “Tonkei” White of Anadarko. Head man dancer is Thomas Mauchahty-Ware, and head lady dancer is Ruth Chebahtah. Head gourd dancer is Norman Clark.

Cletus Gayton serves as arena director. Head northern drum is Native Eagle, and head southern drum is Cozad.

The powwow is free and open to public. Booth spaces for local and out-of-state artists and vendors are available for $25. More information is available from the USAO Native American Resources Office at (405) 574-1317.