McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


February 18, 2014

Powwow set for March 15 AT SE Expo!

McALESTER — The second annual Arrowhead Powwow is set for March 15 at the Southeast Expo Center, organizers say.

Organizer Dena Cantrell said this year several Native American tribes are expected to participate in the events.

Cantrell is the McAlester Choctaw Center coordinator and the area field representative for the Choctaw Nation.

The days events will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the Grand Entry will be at 6:30, according to Cantrell.

Starting at 2:30 p.m. visitors can watch the traditional Gourd Dance and demonstrations of basket making, beading, and pottery and various dance contests, she said.

She said The dance contests will include Fancy/Grass, Traditional/Straight, Fancy Shawl/Jingle, Buckskin/Cloth, Choctaw Ladies Cloth and Tiny Tots featuring dancers ages 6 and under.

The dancing will be dividing into two divisions for judging, including Juniors, ages 7 to 15 and Adults ages 16 and up.

Native American crafts will also be on display and available for sale.

Head Staff for this years event will be Master of Ceremony Tim Tall Chief, Arena Director Bill Takes Horse, Head Singer Rowe Kishketon, Head Man Fancy Michael Roberts, Head Man Traditional Presley Byington, Head Lady Leighann Koshiway, Head Gourd Dancer Joe Bohanon, Yellow Hill Gourd, the Choctaw Nation Color Guard.

This year’s Arrowhead Powwow Princess Olivia Roland and Little Princess Akiera Hawk will participate in this years events, according to Cantrell.

Concessions will include Indian Tacos provided by the Arrowhead Powwow Committee.

Craft booths are available for $40.

The event is free and open to the public. No alcohol is allowed.

The Southeast Expo Center is at 4500 W. Hwy. 270, McAlester.

For more information, contact Cantrell at 918-423-1016 or 918-421-0368.

Contact Jeanne LeFlore at

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