By: Anne Robicheaux
KINDER, LA (KPLC) – The 19th Annual Coushatta Powwow is set for June 13-14 at the Pavilion at Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, La. Admission is $5 per day for adults. Children ages 6 and under get in free.
The event schedule is as follows:
Registration: 3-7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday.
Gourd Dances: 5-7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m.-noon and 5-7 p.m. on Saturday.
Grand Entry: 7 a.m. on Friday and at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
Tom Phillips of the Kiowa Tribe of California will serve as the festival MC. Other head staff include the following: Brando Jack of the Dine’ Tribe of Arizona, Cheyenne Agneaux of the Coushatta/Alabama Tribe, Ted Grant of the Red Rock Creek Otoe-Missouria Tribe of Oklahoma, Juaquin Hamilton of the Cheyenne/Sauk and Fox Tribe of Oklahoma, Rusty Gillette of the Arikara/Hidatsa Tribe of North Dakota, and Wayne Silas Jr. of the Menominee/Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin.
Alcohol, drugs, weapons and pets will not be allowed at the event. Participants are asked to dress modestly and remain quiet during performances.
Attendees who find costume pieces from the dancers on the festival grounds should not pick them up but should notify staff members immediately. Some of the items that make up the costumes are sacred family heirlooms.
Photographs will not be allowed during some parts of the ceremonies. Listen to the MC, who will announce when photographs will or will not be allowed. Photographers are also asked to have written permission from the dancer(s) before using his/her photograph in a publication.
For more information on the event, visit http://www.coushattapowwow.com/#home.