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Alabama-Coushatta tribe to host its 41st pow-wow
Polk County Enterprise - June 2009
INDIAN RESERVATION – The Alabama-Coushatta tribe will hold its 41st annual pow-wow next weekend. Dancers will come from all over the U.S. and Canada to compete. The events kick-off Friday evening with a gourd dance, the children’s competition and the women’s golden age to get everyone warmed up. There are categories from tiny tots to youth and senior women with something for all age groups. The grand entry will be at 7:30 p.m. and features all ceremonial dancers dressed in full regalia. Admission is $5 and children under 3 will be admitted for free. There will be booths offering hand-made turquoise jewelry and other Native-American arts, crafts and blankets, cultural education, as well as fry-bread tacos and some contemporary food and drink. The event is a family-oriented affair. There will be no drugs or alcohol permitted on the premises. The featured guest for the weekend will be Irene Bedard and her husband Deni. She was the voice of Pocahontas in the 1995 Disney movie by the same name. She and her husband will perform a one-hour show on Saturday and they will have a booth set aside for autographs. The grounds will open to the public at noon on Saturday. The competition for the day will include all adult categories with a gourd dance at 5 p.m. and a grand entry at 7:30 p.m. again featuring all dancers in full regalia. The prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening’s festivities. If you are coming from Livingston, look for the signs just past the One-Stop Ischoopa (store). Please see the advertisement on 5A for a schedule of events, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair.