MARKSVILLE, LA – The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will host a free pow-wow education day following a three-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic on Friday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The annual public event, held on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville, is a free day of programming dedicated to educating students of all ages on Native American culture and highlights the historical, social and symbolic significance of inter-tribal pow-wows.
The 2023 Tunica-Biloxi Pow-Wow Education Day will consist of pow-wow dance demonstrations, Tunica-Biloxi storytelling, arts and crafts vendors and displays, flute music and an interactive traditional home. The Ottertrail Singers from Apache, OK, will accompany dance exhibitions during the programs, and attendees are encouraged to participate in inter-tribal dances, including Round Dance and Two-step. The Tunica-Biloxi Pow-Wow Committee is also welcoming back Native flutist and master flutemaker Hawk Henries to the education day.
“The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana prides itself on the robust educational programming we have developed over the last several decades,” said Tunica-Biloxi Chairman Marshall Pierite. “This is an opportunity to share Native traditions with students of all ages so they may better understand our rich history and culture, and I encourage all who are able to participate in this wonderful experience.”
Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcome, and group reservations are encouraged. There will be two programs, approximately 75 minutes in length, scheduled for 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 19, 2023. For reservations, contact Elisabeth Pierite at (318) 240-6432 or [email protected].