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The Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa (I.I.C.O.T.) will be hosting our 40th annual Pow Wow of Champions August 11, 12, 13, 2017 at Oral Roberts University, 7777 S. Lewis, Tulsa, OK.
The pow wow represents one expression of our American Indian Heritage. It is one of the most meaningful ways in which Native American traditional values and culture can be presented to contemporary peoples, Indian and non-Indian alike.
The pow wow is a natural bridge to bring together and enhance Indian and non-Indian relationships. Indian dancing and singing is a traditional art enhanced by both traditional and modern Indian dress. It can be enjoyed and appreciated by both participants and spectators alike. Outstanding singers and dancers serve as classical role models for our youth, and our future cultural resource. The pow wow provides one of the principal settings by which these artistic traditions can be learned, valued and preserved as well as extending Indian hospitality to non-Indian people and promoting intercultural exchange.
The most important part of the pow wow is the drum and the importance of its use. The drum has been likened to the heartbeat of the American Indian people. Many tribes have added to the rich tradition and literally hundreds of songs are in the command of the singers. Without the drum, these songs and singers, there would be no dance.
The Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa (IICOT) hosts the 40th Annual Pow Wow of Champions August 11,12,13, 2017. The dance is located at the Oral Roberts University, Mabee Center, 7777 South Lewis, Tulsa, OK.
The dance will begin 6:00 on Friday, August 11th with Gourd Dancing. The Gourd Dancers wear shoulder blankets, half red and half blue, velvet sashes of various colors and some with mescal been bandoliers. Each of them carry a shaker, or a gourd rattle in their right hand and a fan made of feathers in their left hand. The Gourd dance is a veteran honor dance. The Grand Entry begins at 8:00; the precession is led by the American Flag, Eagle Staff, and other Veteran and tribal flags. The arena will come alive in colorful sea of feathers and dance clothes of the Native American. Bring your camera, this is a photographer’s paradise!
Saturday, August 12th the doors open at 11:00 a.m. Gourd Dancing will begin at noon. The afternoon events include Tiny Tot girls and boy’s competition, Golden Age Men and Women will also compete for prize monies. Grand Entry will begin at 6:00 pm, Contestants will compete in the Harry Adams Memorial Straight dance (named after one of the founders of the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa), Contest will also include Women Cloth, Fancy Shawl and Jingle. Each dance has its own unique style of dancing and dress.
During each of the competitive sessions, dancers use the whole arena to exhibit their skills with grace and finesse while attempting to catch the judges’ eyes with their personal style, footwork falling on the beat of the music, and striking dance clothes.
Sunday, August 13th doors will open at 11:00. Gourd Dancing will begin at noon. 3:00 – 4:00 there will be a break in the dancing. The final Grand Entry will be at 4:00 pm Contest for the evening will include Ladies Buckskin, gorgeous dresses with extensive beadwork, and long fringes swaying to the beat of the drum and music. Men’s’ Grass dance, The Grass dancer has a very distinct type of dancing style; his dance clothes are almost absence of any feathers, except a roach (which is made from the guard hair of the porcupine, the tail hair of the deer, or moose hair. The hair is dyed a bright color such as red yellow, blue, which can symbolize a veteran of combat. There are no bustles, but consist of shirt, pants, with beaded, painted, or ribbon work with side tabs, arm bands, cuff, front and back apron, the dancer also wears a headband. Ribbons, yarn, and fringes are the only parts that move on his dance clothes. Beautiful sound of the bells creates a music of their own to the beat of the drum. Men’s straight dance, is characteristic to the Southern Plains Tribes in Oklahoma, Osage, Kiowa and Pawnee tribes. The straight dance is a more dignified dance compared to the other styles of men’s dancing. The dance clothes of the Straight dancer consist of a ribbon shirt, leggings, aprons, and usually a roach and feather. In addition, their clothes are decorated with finger-woven garters, a beaded belt, vest, arm bands, and scarfs. There is an Otter hide which hangs down the dancer’s back and is usually decorated with their war medals, beadwork, or ribbon work. The dancers carry a fan, some have mirror boards, or a tail stick in their hands.
There is a large Native American Indian art/craft mart featured displaying for sale wonderful items of beadwork, pottery, paintings, books, beads, and other Native American items. Come peruse the Art/Craft Mart…start your Christmas shopping for unique gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
Traditional foods will also be a prominent part of the pow wow. Very tasty Native Foods will also be available for sale, Indian Tacos, corn soup, fry bread, just to name a few to tempt your taste buds.
Admission is $8 daily (5yrs and under Free) – Weekend Pass is $15, Seniors 55 and older is $7 a day pass. Plenty of Free parking is available.
Spend the day or weekend with the 40th annual Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa, Pow Wow of Champions August 11, 12, 13, 2017 at the Oral Roberts University campus in the Mabee Center, 7777 South Lewis, Tulsa, OK.
It is an exciting weekend for both Native American Indians and non-Indian alike. Be sure and purchase your souvenir program book!
For further information, please contact (918) 378-4494 or 918-838-8276
For art/craft information please call 918-378-4494. To advertise in the IICOT souvenir program book please call 918-838-8276.
$8 daily, $15 Weekend Pass; Seniors 55 older $7 daily
InterTribal Indian Club of Tulsa
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