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9th Annual Choctaw Casino/Resort Pow Wow information

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Pow Wow will be held on Nov. 29 and 30, at the Event Center in Durant. Admission is free to the public. For questions, email kerry.steve@choctawcasinos.com or sharon.polk@choctawcasinos.com

Over $70,000 in prize money to be won. See below for competition details.

Head Staff
Arena Directors: Michael Roberts, Clifton Goodwill and Marty Thurman
Emcee: Rob Daugherty and Joaquin Hamilton
Head Gourd Dancer: Randy Frazier
Head Gourd Singer: Ryan Roanhorse

Thursday
Vendor booth setup – 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Dancer/Drum Registation – 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Friday
Doors open at 10 a.m.
Vendor booth setup – 7 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Dancer/Drum Registation – 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Gourd Dance - 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grand Entry - 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Dance Contest begins after grand entry
Choctaw Cultural Demonstrations – 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • 10-12 Beading, Basket weaving, Stickball
  • 12-2 Language
  • 2-4 Beading, Basket weaving, Stickball
  • 4-5 Language
  • 5-6 Beading, Basket weaving, Stickball

Saturday
Doors open at 10 a.m.
Gourd Dance 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Grand Entry 1 p.m.
Dance Contest begins after Grand Entry
Choctaw Cultural Demonstrations – 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

  • 10-12 Beading, Basket weaving, Stickball
  • 12-2 Language
  • 2-4 Beading, Basket weaving, Stickball
  • 4-6 Language
  • 6-8 Beading, Basket weaving, Stickball

Princesses and royalty invited to participate in Grand Entry

Dance contest divisions:
Golden Age Men and Women (55 & Older)
Sr. Adult Men and Women (35-54)
Jr. Adult Men and Women (18-34)
Teen Boys and Girls (13-17)
Jr. Teen Boys and Girls (7-12)
Tiny Tots (0-6)

Dance contest categories:

Golden Age Men
Northern
Southern
Grass & Fancy

Golden Age Women
Northern
Southern
Fancy Shawl and Jingle

Men - Traditional
Straight
Grass
Fancy
Chicken

Women - Cloth
Buckskin
Northern Traditional
Fancy Shawl
Jingle
Choctaw Traditional

Boys - Traditional
Straight
Grass
Fancy

Girls - Cloth
Buckskin
Fancy Shawl
Jingle

Drum contest categories:
Northern
Southern