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Coushatta Tribe hosts annual powwow celebration

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KINDER, La. – Hundreds of Native American dancers and singers are expected to gather at the 15th Annual Coushatta Powwow Celebration Oct. 2 – 4 in Kinder. One of the largest gatherings in the south, the powwow will feature competition dancing and Native American arts and crafts exhibits. Traditionally, the term “powwow” is defined as “a gathering of nations.” Coushatta’s powwow brings together representatives of tribes across the United States and Canada.

Schedule of events Friday, Oct. 2

5 p.m. – Gourd Dance

7 p.m. – Grand Entry Saturday, Oct. 3

10:30 a.m. – Gourd Dance

Noon & 7 p.m. – Grand Entry Sunday, Oct. 4

11 a.m. – Gourd Dance

1 p.m. – Grand Entry

The powwow will begin with Gourd Dancing Oct. 2 at 5 p.m. followed by Grand Entry at 7 p.m. During Grand Entry, Native American dancers dressed in full traditional regalia will parade around the dance arena in a brilliant spectacle of color and sound. Competitions and specialty dances will be seen throughout the three-day event.

The powwow also includes exhibitions of the many talents of Native American tribes. Talented Native American artists and craftsmen will showcase their wares in the Powwow Market – turquoise and silver jewelry, hand-made beaded items, hand-woven long leaf pine needle baskets, and more. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly alcohol and drug free event. For more information about the event, visit www.coushattapowwow.com.

Coushatta Casino Resort is located in Kinder, La. on Highway 165 (I-10 exit 44), featuring more than 2,800 slots and more than 70 table games. For more information call (800) 584-7263 or visit www.coushattacasinoresort.com.