2019 White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration
All are invited to the 143rd White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration on August 22-25, 2019 at White Eagle Park in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Originating on the Historic 101 Ranch in Ponca City, the White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration features dancing, food and craft vendors. The excitement begins each day at 2 p.m. in the south arena. After a supper break at 5:30 p.m., the festival resumes at 7:00 p.m. in the main arena with different activities each night. Thursday features the crowning of the new Ponca Princess; Friday is the boys’ and girls’ junior division dance contests, Saturday is the womens’ division and Sunday is the mens’ division and fancy dance contest.
White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration
There will also be food vendors and arts and craft vendors available. Bring your folding chairs and sit close to the dance area or score a seat in the original bleachers of White Eagle Park. The Powwow Tribal Powwow is free and open to the public.
Visitors are reminded that brush arbors, benches and chairs surrounding the circle are for dancers and their families. In the center of the circle is a brush arbor for the singers and the drum.
Public Welcome – Free Admission & Parking
Thursday: 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday: 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Historic White Eagle Park
20 White Eagle Dr
Ponca City, OK 74601
For More Information:
Call (580) 762-8104; Email email@example.com
Alfred Arkeketa Jr 580-716-3892
Ben Arkeketa 580-304-9383
Betty Van Hoesen 580-352-2392
Tillie Broncho 580-352-0663
Pow-Wow Head Staff
Head Singer: William Kemble
Arena Directors: Pete Buffalohead, Mike Snake
Master of Ceremonies: Lester Eagle, Ben Arkeketa, Oliver Little Cook
Head Man Dancer: Graham Primeau Jr
Water Carriers: Charles Warrior, Patrick Warrior
Contest Coordinator: Wesley Hudson
Tiny Tots Combined (5 & Under)
Boys: Fancy, Straight; Girls: Cloth, Fancy Shawl, Jingle
1st $150 2nd $120 3rd $100 4th $75
Boys: Straight, Traditional, Fancy, Grass
Girls: Cloth, Fancy Shawl, Jingle, Buckskin
1st $200 2nd $150 3rd $125 4th $100
Golden Age Women 55+ Combined
Adult Women 18-54
Cloth, Fancy Shawl, Jingle, Buckskin
1st $500 2nd $400 3rd $300 4th $200
Golden Age Men 55+ Combined
Adult Men 18-54
Straight, Traditional, Fancy, Grass
1st $500 2nd $400 3rd $300 4th $200
Dance sessions will be held daily Thursday through Sunday, with afternoon programs beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Rev. Dr. Thomas Roughface (South) Arena and the evening programs beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the Main (North) Arena.
Afternoon Programs: Hosted each day by a different tribal organization and is a time for bringing new dancers into the circle, for family songs and for specials. All specials and giveaways will be held during the afternoon programs.
Thursday Evening Program: feature the selection division contests for boys and girls 13-18. The Indian Two-Step dance, where girls and women pick a partner, will also be held this night.
Saturday Night Program: Open with the Parade In of all dancers followed by Soldier dances. Dance contests this night are all of the Women’s divisions (19-54), Teen Fancy Dance and also the men’s Feather Pulling Contest.
Sunday World Fancy Dance Championship: The final night on Sunday will see all men’s division contests concluding with the World Fancy Dance Championship.
Other Pow Wow Activities
An arts and crafts fair for all ages will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Ponca Tribal Affairs Building. Saturday at 9:00 a.m. will find youngsters competing at the Main Arena in various fun events at the Ponca Youth Olympics.
Ration for Campers
Rations will be distributed to all campers at 10:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
About White Eagle Park & History of the Ponca Pow Wow
White Eagle Park has been the site of cultural practices of the Ponca Indians, such as the annual White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration, for 128 years. Located on lands assigned to the Ponca Indians as a reservation after their removal from Nebraska in 1877, the park is a roughly triangular area of 26 acres lying just north of the Ponca Indian community of White Eagle.
Poncas Create “Fancy Dance”
Not a historical dance tradition of any tribe, the Fancy Dance was created by members of the Ponca tribe in the 1920s and 1930s, in an attempt to preserve their culture and religion. At this time, Native American religious dances were outlawed by the United States and Canadian governments. Traditional dances went “underground,” to avoid government detection. However, this dance, loosely based on the traditional War Dance, was considered appropriate to be performed for visitors on reservations and at “Wild West” shows. Two young Ponca boys are specifically credited with developing the fast-paced dance that the audiences loved and the Ponca Tribe soon built their own dance arena in White Eagle, Oklahoma.
The White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration is not responsible for theft, accidents, or short funded travelers.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next White Eagle Park Ponca Powwow & Celebration at White Eagle Park in Ponca City, Oklahoma in August.
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