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The Sovereign Nation of the Chitimacha and Chitimacha Powwow Committee is proud to announce the 6th Annual Chitimacha Powwow 2019, presented by Keta Group, LLC, and Inaugural American Indian Art Market. Both events will take place in The Pavilion at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel. The Chitimacha Powwow and Art Market are open to the public. The Powwow features ceremonial gourd dancing, competition dancing (in a climate-controlled arena with bleacher seating), a hand drum competition, as well as Native and Southern food. The American Indian Art Market is the perfect place to shop for authentic American Indian jewelry (beaded, silver and copper) flutes, unique T-shirts, and leather items. Children/minors are welcome to attend this family-friendly event. Guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult to enter the casino and must remain on the minor/under 21 paths.
On Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Chitimacha Powwow will open to the public at 11 AM, with food and vendors available. The event will continue until approximately 10 PM when after prizes are awarded. Gourd Dances will be held at 12 PM and 6 PM for a ceremonial start. Grand Entry times are approximately 1 PM and 7 PM. The Grand Entry is the procession dancers that begin each competition dance session. It is truly a breathtaking sight with all of the dancers participating, representing the various dance styles and tribes.
The Inaugural American Indian Art Market is also open to the public and will take place on Friday, October 18, from 2 PM to 9 PM; Saturday, October 20, from 9 AM to 10 PM; and Sunday, October 21, from 9 AM to 2 PM. The event will feature approximately 15 vendors with authentic American Indian arts and crafts, as well as, native-inspired items for sale in The Pavilion at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel.
“The Chitimacha Tribe and Powwow Committee are excited to invite everyone to our 6th Annual Powwow. This event will be a day solely dedicated to celebrating Native American culture! Come out and hear the legendary and Grammy Award winning Sothern Style Drum group, Cozad! Also, we are excited to have added the Inaugural American Indian Art Market this year! Please come out and do some shopping. These unique items make great Christmas gifts! Our Powwow will be held indoors at Cypress Bayou Casino Hotel’s Pavilion, which is a great space for events. We hope to make this year’s gathering a huge success with the support of the members from our fellow Tribal Nations, our sponsors, volunteers, and the community, so that we can continue bringing this special event to the Acadiana area, which adds to the many other great events already held here!” said Cultural Director, Kimberly S. Walden. “Powwow provides a unique opportunity for the public to experience Native American music and dance, Native foods, and arts/crafts, as well as to view dancers’ colorful regalia. We encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Powwow!”
The Powwow is a gathering of various Tribal Nations, from the U.S. and Canada, celebrating Native cultures through song, dance, food, and fellowship.