Annual Tonkawa Tribal Powwow This Weekend

Ponca City Now - June 21, 2023 6:36 am

The Tonkawa Tribal Powwow, an annual tribal celebration featuring Native American dancing, princess crowning, contests, crafts, artwork and food is this weekend. This year marks the 48th annual event and 138th Anniversary of the arrival of the Tonkawa at Ft. Oakland and will celebrate the “Year of the Woman.”  The Powwow will be held June 23, 24, and 25.

On Wednesday, June 21 there will be a Mourners Supper at the tribal gym at 6:30pm.

Lots of events will be held through out the weekend beginning Friday morning with the flag raising at 7:00 am.

Powwow Events are held:
Friday: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday: 2:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Dance styles will include straight, war, gourd, fancy, traditional, cloth and buckskin categories. A Traditional Tonkawa Scalp dance will be held during the Saturday night program and a Nez Perce memorial contest Sunday evening.

This year’s event will also include a horseshoe tournament, fireworks, veteran’s supper for encampment, disc golf tournament and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Free camping, along with electric and water hookups, will be available.

Tonkawa Pow Wow grounds are located  1.5 miles southeast of the City of Tonkawa, off I-35, Tonkawa/Ft. Oakland Community, OK

Phone: (580) 628-2561
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Specials:  Chief Joseph Memorial Traditional Contest (17+) Sunday Night; Norita Arkeketa Memorial Jingle Dress Contest (17+) Saturday Night

Traditional Tonkawa Scalp Dance 8:00pm Saturday Night

Tournaments:  3 on 3 BBall Tournament Friday 9:00am; Honored Warriors Run Saturday 7:00am; Charles Star Horseshoe Tournament Saturday 9:00am; Rivers Edge Disc Golf Tournament Sunday 8:00am

Schedule:  Please see attachment below for complete schedule.

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Friday – Gourd Dancing 7:30pm; Intertribal Dancing 8:30pm

Saturday – Gourd Dancing 3:00pm & 6:30pm; Intertribal Dancing 9:00pm

Sunday – Gourd Dancing 3:00pm & 6:00pm; Intertribal Dancing 8:00pm

Pictured: Ft. Oakland Ramblers

Head Staff:

Host Drum- Ft. Oakland Ramblers

Grand Master- Lester Eagle

MC- LeRoy Enloe & Brady Warrior

Head Man Dancer- Alexander Black

Head Lady Dancer- Cheryl Arkeketa

Incoming Princess- Kaedyn Warrior

Outgoing Princess- Grace Harvey

Arena Director- Miles McGirt & Ely Wilson

Host Gourd- Tonkawa Gourd Dance Club

Cohost Gourd Groups- OKC Pow Wow, Black Beard, & Ponca Gourd Clubs Invited Gourd Groups- Two-Hatchett Family & Wichita Warrior Society–

Contest Committee – Billy Taylor, Berdine Martin, & Kim Enloe

Color Guard- Nicole True & Patrick Waldroup

Water Carriers- Keifer Standsblack, Phoenix Prichette, Aven Black, & Matias Mahtapene


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