Date: May 19, 2018 - May 20, 2018

Where: the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation, Markville, LA

About the Event:

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe Encourages Local Schools And Public To Participate In Native American Arts, Storytelling, Music and Dance

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana will host its 23rd annual Pow Wow on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday May 20 at the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi reservation. An annual festivity in Marksville, the Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow serves as a social gathering for tribal members and is open to the public. Experience the history and traditions of the Tribe through a variety of interactive events and live performances all weekend long. The Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow affirms the endurance of indigenous culture through vibrant craft displays, music performances, dance presentations and cultural exhibits. Featured performances and events include the Tunica-Biloxi Singers and Legend Keepers, various Native American Dance Competitions and Drum (Singing) Contests in both Northern and Southern categories. The event will also feature over 40 food and craft vendors. Additionally, the Tribe will hold an Education Day on Friday, May 18, ahead of the Pow Wow. The event will take place at the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Area children and school groups are invited to attend and discover the diverse and vibrant traditions of Native Americans from across the U.S. The event will include dance demonstrations and attendees are invited to join in. The Tribe also encourages those attending to try their hand at using traditional tools and toys as well as learn about basketry, clothing and jewelry of tribes of various regions. The Tunica Biloxi Singers and Legend Keepers will also share tribal folklore, language and songs with participants. Admission is free.

For more information contact Elisabeth Mora at (800) 272-9767, ext. 6432, or emora@tunica.org. Tickets for the Pow Wow will be available for purchase on-site and include $5 for general admission and $3 for children 5 years old and under. Pow Wow registered drum singers and dancers in regalia with numbered credentials will receive free admission. Parking will be available at the Paragon Casino Resort; rates for RV camping and lodging will be provided upon request. For lodging or general information call 800-946-1946 or visit tunicapowwow.org. Vendors must apply in advance.

For information on becoming a vendor, contact Darrian Pierite at 800-272-9767, ext. 6468 or dnpieirte@tunica.org. More information on Education Day and the 23rd annual Pow Wow is available at tunicapowwow.org or https://www.facebook.com/tunicabiloxipowwow 

About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe 

The Tunica-Biloxi people first appeared in the Mississippi Valley. In the late 1700s, they settled near Marksville, where they were skilled traders and entrepreneurs. Today, the Tribe has more than 1,200 members throughout the United States, primarily in Louisiana, Texas and Illinois.
The Tribe received federal recognition in 1981 for its reservation within the boundaries of Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central Louisiana. Through its compact, negotiated by the late Tribal Chairman Earl J. Barbry Sr. and the State of Louisiana, the Tribe has assisted local governments in the area with its quarterly distribution of funds, totaling more than $40 million over two decades. For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, visit www.tunica.org and “like” us on Facebook.