Choctaw Nation Celebrates Labor Day Festival & Pow Wow This Weekend
Lisa J. Ellwood
Family fun and a free Alabama concert at the 67th Annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow - List of additional pow wows below
The 67th Annual Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival & Pow Wow is being held this weekend, August 31-September 4, 2017 on the grounds of the architecturally and historically significant capitol of the Choctaw Nation, Tvshka Homma.
The Choctaw Nation Pow Wow continues to welcome hundreds of dancers to compete in a variety of native dance competitions. Traditional drumming and Gourd dancing are integral to the celebration.
The Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival presents opportunities for the family to learn about Choctaw traditions and tribal customs. Choctaw dancing, stickball games, storytelling, silversmithing and demonstrations of historic weaponry are highlighted.The Choctaw Nation Museum contains many interactive exhibits about Choctaw culture and historical artifacts including objects carried across the Trail of Tears.
The festival features a series of free concerts, including Grammy award-winning country music band Alabama on Saturday, September 2nd at the Tvshka Homma amphitheater. The free concerts are popular, so visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring lawn chairs.
Other events include a 5K run and walk, horseshoe tournaments, gospel singing, mechanical bull rides, and Inca flute players. Activities for children include pony rides, pottery-making, and a traditional corn game.
“The Nation’s festival is a tradition,” former Choctaw Chief Greg Pyle said in a press release last year. “Some of the people have been coming since they were kids. We try to give everyone a chance to enjoy what they like best whether it’s the concerts, the culture, the sports or just the great food. We are grateful for all the hard work it takes to prepare and hold an event of this magnitude. It’s as much fun for us, though, as it is for all of our thousands of visitors.”
Choctaw Nation tribal leaders agreed that it is important to include cost-free activities at the festival such as the concerts and carnival rides because many are not able to afford the overall expense. The sports tournaments are also free to enter and this has increased participation and ensured that the Nation’s sports complex continues to be a hub of activity.
“Giving is in the heart of the Choctaw,” former Chief Pyle said. “The Choctaw Nation welcomes the opportunity to bring everyone together.”
Chief Gary Batton encourages all Choctaw families to gather together and celebrate their heritage while creating new memories.
Festivities are open to the public and scheduled events include:
- State of the Nation address by Chief Batton
- Inter-tribal pow wow
- Activities for all ages including sports tournaments and stickball games
- Arts and crafts including quilting demonstrations
- Interactive cultural exhibits at Choctaw Nation Museum
- Healthy Living Expo
- Free concerts
- A carnival with rides
- Buffalo tours
- Information booths
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Here is a select list of pow wows happening across Turtle Island August 3st through September 4th:
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 67th Annual Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow, August 31-September 4
Tvshka Homma: Capitol of the Choctaw Nation
Council House Road
Tuskahoma, OK 74574
For more information visit the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma website.or Facebook page.
Wii Gitchie Ni Mi Dim Labor Day Traditional Pow Wow, September 1-3
Leech Lake Veterans Grounds
Next to Palace Casino on Palace Drive
Cass Lake, MN 56633
For more information visit the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe website or Leech Lake Powwow Committee Facebook page.
Shinnecock Indian 71st Annual Labor Day Weekend Pow Wow, September 1-4
1 West Church St.
Southampton, NY 11968
For more information visit the Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow website or Facebook group.
Ashland Labor Day Pow Wow, September 1-4
Northern Cheyenne Reservation – Pow Wow Grounds
Between Ashland & St. Labre off U.S. 212
Ashland, MT 59003
For more information visit the Cheyenne Nation website or Facebook event page.
Kentucky Native American Heritage Museum 9th Annual Honoring Our Veterans Pow Wow, September 2-3
Iroquois Indian Museum
4116 Cumberland Falls Highway
Corbin, KY 40701
For more information visit the KNAHM website or Facebook page.
Indian Plaza Intertribal Labor Day Pow Wow, September 3-5
Indian Plaza Pow Wow Grounds
1475 Mohawk Trail Route 2E
Charlemont, MA 01339
For more information phone Harold Roberts at 413-339-4096.
Check out our Pow Wow listings here.