Several events will take place, including a drum contest and several divisions of events for teen boys and girls, junior adult men and women ,and senior adult men and women, with categories ranging from traditional, straight, grass, fancy, cloth, buckskin, shawl, chicken and jingle. First through fifth place winners will receive monetary awards, totaling more than $50,000 in prize money. Admission to the event is free.
The first three powwows were tremendous successes, and the Choctaw Nation is looking forward to the fourth being even more so, with tribes represented from across the United States and Canada.
“The powwow allows members of the surrounding communities to come experience the Native American culture in a way that is not usually accessible to those outside the culture,” said Janie Dillard, executive director of gaming for the Choctaw Nation. “It is also a time for the Choctaw people to celebrate the great nation they are.”
The fourth annual Pow Wow will have several arts and crafts vendors and food vendors, and the event center concession stand will be open. Attendees will have the opportunity to experience many aspects of the Native American heritage including foods, arts and crafts, and jewelry, as well as the 4th Annual Native American Dance Competition. This year’s celebration will include two specials: Men’s Grass Dance, sponsored by the Powwow Committee, and Women’s Fancy Shawl, sponsored by Anoli Dance Troup.
Registration will take place Friday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. The Gourd Dance will take place Saturday 10 a.m. to noon and again from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All the dancers will make a grand entry at noon and again at 7 p.m. The contests will begin at 1 p.m. and again at 8:30 p.m.