Chickasaws Celebrate Cultural Traditions At Chikasha Ittifama

Source: Chicksaw Nation Media Relations

Loski (turtle) races, moccasin making, a stickball tournament, Chickasaw games and a cornstalk shoot will be the highlights of the 16th annual Chikasha Ittifama (Chickasaw Reunion) set Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, at Kullihoma.

The gathering is free and welcomes Chickasaw and guests from across the country.

“Chikasha Ittifama is a special time for Chickasaw people to celebrate and share our culture, heritage and traditions. This annual reunion offers an opportunity for Chickasaws and friends from across the country to renew friendships and develop new relationships,” said Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby.

Chikasha Ittifama will begin at 5 p.m. Friday with posting of the colors by the Chickasaw Honor Guard and an opening prayer followed by a hamburger fry, youth and co-ed stickball, cultural demonstrations and a social dance.

The cultural demonstrations will include corn husk dolls, beadwork, moccasin making, Chickasaw games, language, basket weaving and traditional clothing.

Saturday’s events will begin at 9 a.m. and include a youth fishing derby, cornstalk shooting contest, youth and adult archery competitions, squirrel-stick throw, loksi (turtle) races and stickball tournament.

A traditional meal of pishofa, fry bread, salt meat and grape dumplings will be served Saturday for lunch.

For guests wishing to stay the night, overnight camping spaces are available including tent spaces and a limited number of RV hook ups.

To reach the site, travel to the Kullihoma sign seven miles northeast of Ada on S. H. 1, then travel three miles east and one mile south.

For information, contact the Chickasaw Nation Cultural Resources at (580) 332-8685.


Pow Wow Weekend Planner

Source: Indian Country Today Media Network

It’s officially Spring and pow wow season is in full swing!

We’ve put together a great list of a few pow wows happening all over the nation this weekend just for you!

If one of these events are located in your area, we highly recommend heading over to enjoy some lively dancing and drumming, thrilling musical performances, and delicious, authentic foods!

Hozhoni Days Pow Wow & Pageant, Colorado

When & Where: March 29 – 30 at the Fort Lewis College Whalen Gym in Durango, Colorado.

Dating back to the 1960’s, the Hozhoni Days Pow Wow is Fort Lewis College’s longest-standing student-operated tradition. “Hozhoni” means “beauty” in Navajo which Pow Wow creator Clyde Benally said that “hozhoni” represents the event’s purpose to show and share “our culture with each other, and a way of developing brotherhood and sisterhood with other students who may be from different cultures,” according to FLC’s website. Pow wow festivities began Friday night at 6 p.m. For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: Yvonne Bilinski 970.247.7222;

BYU Cedartree Memorial Competition Pow Wow, Utah

When & Where: March 29 – 30 at the Brigham Young University Wilkinson Student Center Ballroom in Provo, Utah.

Celebrating its 32nd year, the Brigham Young University Pow Wow will kick off Friday night at 6 p.m. with a Grand Entry. Attendees will enjoy delicious and authentic Navajo Tacos and Frybread sponsored by the Tribe of Many Feathers Club. Admission is $6 for General Public, $5 for student with their campus ID, and free for seniors and children. For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: Jennifer Langi 801.422.3065,

Westwood High School 10th Annual Social Pow Wow, Arizona

When & Where: March 30 at Westwood High School in Mesa, Arizona.

Festivities at the Westwood High School Pow Wow in Mesa, Arizona begins Saturday at 10 a.m. Grand Entry will be held twice that day at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. There will also be two rounds of incredible Gourd Dancing at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Special performances for the day include Hand Drum, All Ages Jingle Dress, and the ever-adorable Tiny Tots! Your Master of Ceremonies is Taite Honadick. For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: 480.472.4497;

Tutxinmepu Powwow, Idaho

When & Where: March 30 – 31 at the Moscow Junior High Gym in Moscow, Idaho.

Starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, the University of Idaho’s Tuteinmepu Powwow will kick off with a Grand Entry featuring the Nez Pierce Color Guard. The pow wow has been sponsored by the university’s Native American Student Association for the past 14 years and according to their site they, “see the Powwow as a great recruitment and retention tool, as well as, a business and communication skill builder for our Native Students. Non-Native students and community members benefit from attending and volunteering at the Powwow as they see firsthand the strength and vitality of the Native culture.” Festivites for this event include pow wow dancing, arts and crafts vendors, hand drums, and even an Easter egg hunt on Sunday! For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: Steve Martin 208.885.4237

More weekend events and pow wows:

Pawnee Title VII Youth Dance, Oklahoma
When & Where: March 29 at the Pawnee Nation Wellness Center in Pawnee, Oklahoma.
Contact: 918.762.3564

Anadarko Indian Education Spring Honor Pow-Wow, Oklahoma
When & Where: March 29 at the Oklahoma St. Gym in Anadarko, Oklahoma.
Contact: 405.247.2288

Community Engagement & Sustainability Pow Wow, California
When & Where: March 30 at Pomona College’s Walker Beach in Claremont, California.
Contact: Scott Scoggins 909.706.5948;

Moore High School Spring Pow Wow, Oklahoma
When & Where: March 30 in Moore, Oklahoma.
Contact: 405.209.9156;

Southcentral Foundation’s 16th Annual Gathering, Alaska
When & Where: March 30 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
Contact: 907.729.4953;

Be sure to take a look at our full list of pow wows happening throughout the year on our Pow Wow Listings!



42nd Annual First Nations at The University of Washington Spring Powwow

Please join us for the 42nd Annual First Nations at The University of Washington Spring Powwow!

April 19, 20 and 21st 
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Ed Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle. 
Our Beating Hearts, Dancing to Our Health
Spring Powwow_web

This is the largest student-run event on UW campus bringing in an average of 8,000 people every year. It’s a free event but we highly suggest you bring some extra money to support the Native American artists that will be selling their work as well as buying concessions (Indian Tacos) sold by First Nations. This is a zero tolerance event. No Drugs, No Alcohol, No Fighting.

Grand Entries 
Friday- Coastal Grand Entry 5pm, Powwow Grand Entry 7pm

Saturday- 1pm and 7pm

Sunday- 1pm 

Host Drum– Blacklodge
Head Man– Victor Harry
Head Woman– Rose Greene
MC– Carlos Calica
Arena Director– Cetan Thunder Hawk

Men’s and Women’s All Around in Honor of Julian Argel

Men’s Grass

Women’s Fancy

Women’s 40+ Traditional 

Mama’s Boy (Mother Son Owl Dance) 

Tiny Tots

11th Annual One Man Hand Drum Contest

More Specials TBA 

There will be a drum contest

Dance Categories:
Golden Age Men & Women

Men: Fancy, Grass, Traditional 

Women: Fancy, Jingle, Traditional 

Teen Boys: Fancy, Grass, Traditional

Teen Girls: Fancy, Jingle, Traditional

Jr Boys: Grass, Fancy, Traditional

Jr Girls: Fancy, Jingle, Traditional

Tiny Tots

Contact Info

For specifics regarding powwow contact our powwow chair,

Maria Givens

For specifics regarding vendor information contact our vendors chair,

Kiana Smith
Vendor Applications are due by mail, post-marked by April 1st, 2013

You can find an electronic copy of the vendor application here —
Send Vendor Contracts to
First Nations at the UW attn: Vendors, c/o

Ethnic Cultural Center, University of Washington, 

3931 Brooklyn Avenue NE, Box 355650, 

Seattle, Washington 98195-5650

Here is a link to a campus map with all the parking lots for Powwow including the Elder/Disability Drop off Area
Friday- Parking in E-1 and E-18 will be $10, E-12 will be $15

Saturday- E-1, E-12 and E-18 will be $7, after 2:30 will be Free

Sunday- All parking is Free

27th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow, July 19-21

Daybreak-SeafairPowWow-27-webSource: United Indians of All Tribes Foundation,

Dear Community,

United Indians of All Tribes Foundation is excited to announce that our 27th Annual Seafair Indian Days Pow Wow will be held on July 19-21, 2013! As many of you all know, we had to make a really hard decision and cancel this pow wow last year due to lack of funding. This year we plan on making this pow wow bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars and save the date! We are in need of donations, please click on link to the left to donate!

EMCEE:  Jerry Meninick
ARENA DIRECTOR: Ken Gopher and Tony Bluehorse


GOLDEN AGE: 1000-800-600-400-200
ADULT: 1000-800-600-400-200
TEENS: 400-300-200-100
Bernie Whitebear, Team Dance: Owl Dance: Others TBA
FRI 7:00 PM
SAT 1:00 AND 7:00 PM
SAT AND SUN: $5.00
(Admission funds go towards cost and production of pow wow)


Vendor Space 10×10: $400

Limited Spaces available, provide own tables and tents

Professional and SPD Security Available
Contact United Indians for Camping

JOHN ROMERO 206-498-7640
CHRISSY HARRIS 206-285-4425 x1020
We are in need of many volunteers for this event. Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you are interested!