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2019 Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow

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Celebrate Native American culture at the 24th Annual Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow on May 18-19, 2019 at the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds in Marksville, Louisiana. This year’s Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow will feature dance and drum demonstrations and more than 35 food and craft vendors. The Pow Wow times are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow

The Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow will feature Native American dance and drum competitions on Saturday and Sunday that include cash prizes. The dance competition will feature 13 categories, including the Chicken Dance and Northern and Southern categories in men and women’s Golden Age. The drum competition will be split into Northern and Southern categories. Registration for the dance and drum competition will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 8 a.m. to noon.

Tickets for the Pow Wow will be available for purchase on-site. Pow Wow registered drum singers and dancers in regalia with numbered credentials will receive free admission. The event will include an entry fee for dance competition participants. Parking will be available at the Paragon Casino Resort.

Since 1995, the Pow Wow has given Tunica-Biloxi tribal and non-members opportunities to experience the history and traditions of the tribe. The Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow affirms the endurance of indigenous culture through vibrant craft displays, music performances, dance presentations and cultural exhibits.

ADMISSION: General Admission – $6; Children (5 yrs & Younger) – $3; Registered Drum (singers) and Dancers with numbered credentials will be admitted free.

SCHEDULE
Friday
9:30 AM – 1:00 PM Education Day (details below)
Saturday
10:30 am Tunica-Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers (Storytelling & Songs)
12:00 pm Gourd Dancing
1 pm – 4pm Grand Entry; Social Dancing, Dance & Drum Competition
7:00 pm Grand Entry, Social Dancing, & Competition
Sunday
10:00 am Gate Opens
10:30 am Tunica-Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers (Storytelling & Songs)
11:00 am Gourd Dancing
12:00 pm Grand Entry; Social Dancing; Competition Finals
4:00 pm Dance & Drum Contest Award

Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Mini Gallery

NATIVE AMERICAN DANCE COMPETITION: (13 categories):
Golden Age (Age 50 & Up; 4 categories ~ Men & Women’s Northern and Southern), Adult (Ages 18-49; Men & Women categories), Junior (Ages 11-17; Boy & Girl categories), Chicken Dance category – Adult (Age 18+). Tiny -Tots (10yrs. & under on Sat & Sun.)
Entry Fee: $6.00 for dance competition participants.
Competition Points: Start at 1PM Saturday (Grand Entry)

Contest Specials: To Be Announced

DRUM (SINGING) CONTEST:
Northern and Southern categories. (3 places in each category). No entry fee. Drums must have a minimum of 6 singers.

Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Head Staff
Head Lady Dancer: Virginia Richard; New Orleans, LA
Head Man Dancer: Max Yamane; Greenbelt, Maryland
Arena Director: Bill Takes Horse; Colbert, OK
Head Dance Judge: Randy Frazier; Oklahoma City, OK
Head Drum Judge: Chris Newell; Mashantucket, CT
Head Gourd Dancer: Jacob Liles; Hulen, OK
Northern Host Drum: Ho-Chunk Station Singers; Lyndon Station, WI
Southern Host Drum: Buc Wild Singers; Chinle, AZ
Co-EmceevRob Daugherty; Bristow, OK
Co-Emcee: Tim Tall Chief; Jones, OK

Pow Wow Education Day: Children, parents, and families are invited to a FREE Open-to-the-public Education Day ahead of the Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi reservation. Call Elisabeth Pierite-Mora (319) 240-6432. Event includes pow wow dance demonstrations, singing, and craft demonstrations.

Location
Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds
Tunica-Biloxi Reservation
171 Melacon Road (address across street)
Marksville, LA 71351

Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow - Earl J. Barbry, Sr. Convention Center at Paragon Casino Resort - Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana
Hotel Accommodations
Paragon Casino Resort hotel and RV campground offers a Pow Wow rate.

For more information:
Jessica Barbry (800) 272-9767, ext. 6469; Email jabarbry@tunica.org
Vendor Information:
Darrian Pierite @ 800-272-9767, ext. 6468, or dnpieirte@tunica.org)

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow at the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds in Marksville, Louisiana.

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