May 16-18, 2014 at the Chief Joseph Alcide Pierite Pow Wow Grounds
on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation, Marksville, Louisiana
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Pow Wow
History
For centuries, neighboring nations have gathered for sport, singing, dancing, and
feasting.  Like any other good neighbor, Indian nations have also shared their crafts,
music, and stories.  The modern pow wow, as we know it, came into existence in the
late 19th century especially as tribes moved closer together in the American West.  No
other event captures the American Indian spirit like the pow wow.  Dancers in colorful
dress move gracefully around the ring, a steady drum beat directing their movements.
Tradition is passed from one generation to the next. The Native attire worn and the
dances, songs, and drum rhythms performed express traditions that began over 20,000
years ago. Today's pow wows often feature competitions in categories such as
traditional, fancy, grass, shawl, and jingle-dress dancing.

In addition to competitive pow wows, where prizes awarded for the best performances
in individual categories (as in the case of the Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow), traditional pow
wows are held where dancers and singers perform, simply to have a good time singing
and dancing without competing for prizes. Tribes still separate their religious dances
from those presented during pow wow competitions.

Pow wows are usually open to the public and present a great opportunity for
non-Indians to learn about the various Indian cultures.  They can last anywhere from a
few hours to several days, and frequently include craft displays, rodeos, and cultural
exhibits.  You might also get a taste of ethnic food such as the popular Indian taco,
Indian fry bread, or the delicious buffalo burger.

The pow wow grand entry is like watching the entire human history of the western
hemisphere parade before your eyes.  Singers and drummers representing a multitude
of tribal traditions and cultures gather in dress and song representing thousands of
years of presence on these continents.  To be a spectator or participant is to be an
honored part of continuing historic significance.
T u n i c a - B i l o x i   T r i b e   o f   L o u i s i a n a
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2006 Head Staff

Host Southern Drum
Southern Boyz    
Lawton, OK   
Host Northern Drum
Parker School Singers
Rocky Boy, MT
Head Gourd Dancer  
Dick Whiteside    
Gulfport, MS     
Arena Director
Richard Rock
Rocky Boy, MT
Head Man Dancer  
Andrew Gray     
Pawhuska, OK    
Head Woman Dancer
Randi Lynn Santos
Carnegie, OK
Emcee
Rob Daugherty
Jay, OK
Head Dance Judge
Dale Roberts  
Atwood, OK  
Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Indian Island, ME
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2007 Head Staff

Host Southern Drum            
Otter Trail Singers  
Carnegie, OK     
Host Northern Drum        
Stoney Creek Singers         
Hollister, NC
Head Gourd Dancer             
John Procell    
Noble, LA
Arena Director
Andrew Gray                        
Pawhuska, OK                       
Head Man Dancer                 
Richard Rock
Rocky Boy, MT   
Head Woman Dancer       
Jhane Myers  
Oklahoma City, OK
Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Indian Island, ME                   
Head Dance Judge  
Gabe Bullock  
Livingston, TX  
Emcee
Russell Standing Rock
Rocky Boy, MT
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2008 Head Staff

Host Southern Drum             
Scissor Tail Singers         
Shawnee, OK    
Host Northern Drum        
Medicine Tail Singers            
Atmore, AL
Head Gourd Dancer             
Melvin WhiteBird
El Reno, OK        
Arena Director
Mike Gabbard                       
Newton, IA                       
Head Man Dancer                  
Cricket Mahnomen
Quawpaw, OK  
Head Woman Dancer       
Rowena Roberts
Atwood, OK
Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Indian Island, ME                    
Head Dance Judge  
Gabe Bullock  
Livingston, TX  
Emcee
Alex Shepherd
Cedar City, UT
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2009 Head Staff

Southern Host Drum            
Otter Trail Singers
Lawton, OK   
Northern Host Drum        
Red Spirit Singers
Roosevelt, UT
Head Gourd Dancer             
David Flanders
Mansura, LA       
Arena Director
Randy Frazier
Oklahoma City, OK                
Head Man Dancer                  
Quanah White Thunder
Livingston, TX
Head Lady Dancer       
Michelle Reed
Crestview, FL
Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Princeton, ME                        
Head Dance Judge  
Gabe Bullock  
Livingston, TX  
Emcee
Alex Shepherd
Cedar City, UT
2009
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2010 Head Staff

Head Lady
Bridget Ironshield
Cedar Park, TX

Head Man Dancer
Gabe Bullock
Livingston, TX

Arena Director
Quanah White Thunder
Livingston, TX

Head Dance Judge
Randy Fraizier
Oklahoma City, OK

Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Waite, ME

Head Gourd Dancer
Vance Beaver
Merryville, LA

Northern Host Drum
Kingbird Singers
Bemidgi, MN

Southern Host Drum
Cozad Singers
Hominy, OK

Emcee
Alex O. Shepherd
Cedar City, UT
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2011 Head Staff

Head Lady
Elisabeth Pierite
Marksville, LA

Head Man Dancer
Orlando Begay
Lawrence, KS

Arena Director
Dale Roberts
Atwood, OK

Head Dance Judge
Randy Fraizier
Oklahoma City, OK

Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Waite, ME

Head Gourd Dancer
Elwood Foreman, Jr.
Haynesville, LA

Northern Host Drum
Mystic River Singers
Mashantucket, CT

Southern Host Drum
Wild Band of Comanches
Fletcher, OK

Emcee
Rob Daugherty
Jay, OK
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2012 Head Staff

Head Lady Dancer
Sonya Smith
Dothan, AL

Head Man Dancer
Adam Nordwall
Stillwater, OK

Arena Director
Ray Kingfisher
Anadarko, OK

Head Dance Judge
Randy Fraizier
Oklahoma City, OK

Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Waite, ME

Head Gourd Dancer
Ken Dixon
Choctaw, MS

Northern Host Drum
The Scouts
Cleveland, TX

Southern Host Drum
Otter Trail Singers
Apache, OK

Guest Drum
Alamoosic Lake Singers
Indian Island, ME

Co-Emcees
Rob Daugherty
Jay, OK

Alexander Santos
Apache, OK
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow
2013 Head Staff

Head Lady
Toni Tsatoke-Mule
Norman, OK

Head Man Dancer
Marty Thurman
Shawnee, OK

Arena Director
Phillip C. “Yogie” Bread
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Head Dance Judge
Randy Fraizier
Oklahoma City, OK

Head Drum Judge
Bert Polchies
Waite, ME

Head Gourd Dancer
Alford “Cricket” Rice
Quapaw, OK

Northern Host Drum
Redboyz
Carlyle, Saskatchewan

Southern Host Drum
Buc Wild
Chinle, AZ

Co-Emcees
Alex O. Shepherd
Cedar City, UT

Quanah White Thunder
Livingston, TX
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