Natchez Powwow Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Traditional Native American dancing, singing, and fun come to the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians for the twenty-fifth annual Natchez Powwow on Saturday, March 23, and Sunday, March 24. More than 3,500 people attended last year’s powwow to celebrate the Native American heritage of the Natchez area.

powwow 108“We’re looking forward to the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Natchez Powwow this year,” said Jim Barnett, director of MDAH’s Historic Properties Division. “The Department of Archives and History is proud to be able to host this unique event on these historic grounds.”

There will be gourd dancing at 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday and grand entry and intertribal dancing at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. both days. Tribes represented include the Choctaw, Comanche, Natchez, Osage, and Tonka. Bo Limbaugh of Kellyville, Oklahoma, will serve as master of ceremonies, and Darsh DeSilva of Round Rock, Texas, will be arena director. The Osage Singers from Pawhuska, Oklahoma, with Head Singer Kenny Bighorse (Osage) will handle the Southern Drum. McKenzie River, with Head Singer Dean Hugebeck from Ravenna, Ohio, will handle the Northern Drum. Damon Roughface (Ponca) from Pawnee, Oklahoma, will be Head Man Dancer, and Diana Gail Doyebi Sovo (Comanche) from Lawton, Oklahoma, will be Head Lady Dancer. Ted Sovo (Comanche) from Sterling, Oklahoma, will be Head Gourd Dancer. Dance groups in attendance will include Gulf Coast Tiapiah (Texas), White Star (Indiana), and Wounded Warrior (Louisiana).

Craft and food booths will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. The trader booths for traditional Native American crafts will carry items such as jewelry, baskets, and leather goods. Food vendors will offer traditional dishes such as fry bread and hominy.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for twelve and under. Bring your lawn chairs. Powwow participants are allowed to camp on the grounds. For more information call 601-446-6502 or email info@natchezgrandvillage.com.

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