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TUNICA-BILOXI POW WOW FACT SHEET
DATE & TIMES: May 16, 17, & 18, 2014
Friday 5pm-10pm ~ Saturday 10am-10pm ~ Sunday 10am-4pm
LOCATION: Chief Joseph “Alcide” Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation,
HWY 1 at Marksville, LA, 71351.
PARKING: Available near the Pow Wow grounds and at Paragon Casino Resort.
Lodging\Camping: Paragon Casino Resort hotel offers a Pow Wow rate. Tent camping is available
near the Chief Joseph “Alcide” Pierite Pow Wow Grounds.
ADMISSION: General Admission - $5; Children (5 yrs & Younger) - $3;
Registered Drum (singers) and Dancers (in regalia) with numbered credentials will be admitted free.
Paragon associates with badges will be admitted free.
Featured Performances: Pura Fé: www.purafe.com
Hawk Henries: http://hawkhenries.com
Tunica-Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers
Native American Dance Competition (Up to $35,000 in prizes): Golden Age (Age 50 & Up; NEW
4 categories ~ Men & Women’s Northern and Southern), Adult (Ages 18-49; Men & Women
categories), Junior (Ages 11-17; Boy & Girl categories), Chicken Dance category - Adult (Age
18+). Children (10yrs. & under receive day money on Sat & Sun.). Any one category with less than
five (5) dancers will be combined. Entry fee is $5 for dance competition participants.
Committee Special Dance Contest: Friday, May 16, 8:30PM. Three categories will be selected
randomly after Friday Grand Entry ~ $1,000 take-all prize for each category. Participants must
register and dance in Grand Entry on Friday at 7:30PM.
Drum (Singing) Contest (up to $12,000 in prizes):
Three Places in both the Northern & Southern categories; 1st Place $3,000; 2nd Place $2,000; 3rd
Place $1,000. Host drums are not eligible.
*Competition Points start at 1PM Saturday.
GRAND ENTRIES REGISTRATION (Dance & Drum)
Friday, May 16, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 ~ 5p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, 1:00 & 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17 ~ 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 18, 12 noon
Pow Wow ends @ 4:00p.m.
The Pow Wow features over 40 food and craft vendors. (Contact Sharon @ ext. 1923 or e-mail at
For further information please call 800-946-1946, ext. 1923 or go to www.tunicapowwow.org.
Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow 2014 Head Staff
Head Man Dancer
Head Dance Judge
Oklahoma City, OK
Head Drum Judge
Head Gourd Dancer
Elwood Foreman, Jr.
Northern Host Drum
Buffalo Boy Singers
Southern Host Drum
Alex O. Shepherd
Cedar City, UT
Herbert Chickdog Johnson
Special Guest Performers
Pura Fé - www.purafe.com
Hawk Henries - http://hawkhenries.com/
Tunica-Biloxi Singers & Legend Keepers
TUNICA-BILOXI POW WOW SCHOOL PROJECT
The Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow Committee will present a series of free programs on Native American
culture for school children from Avoyelles, Rapides, and surrounding parishes. The programs will be
held at the Chief Joseph “Alcide” Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in
Marksville, Louisiana, May 14 and 15, 2014. In case of inclement weather, the program will be held
in the Tunica-Biloxi gymnasium across from the pow wow grounds.
The presentation will cover various components of an inter-tribal pow wow highlighting the historical,
social, religious, and symbolic significance of its activities. Adult and children native dancers will
demonstrate the Round Dance along with various other dance styles seen at pow wows throughout
America. Students will be encouraged to participate in the Round Dance, Two-step, and other inter-
tribal dances. The Alamoosic Lake Singers from the Penobscot Reservation at Indian Island, Maine,
and the Otter Trail Singers from Ardmore, Oklahoma, will accompany dance demonstrations in
northern and southern styles during the program.
The program will include performances of Indian flute music, storytelling, and traditional dances.
Indian flute maker and player, Hawk Henries of a northeastern Algonquin tribe called Nipmuc,
returns to our celebration and to Education Program this year. The program will also include a
presentation of songs and stories by the Tunica-Biloxi Singers and Legend Keepers. There will also
be an interactive presentation of Native American tools and toys set in a traditional home site.
This outreach program is a rare and valuable opportunity for students to learn firsthand about Indian
cultures from native people. The Native American presenters will be displaying and selling handmade
arts and crafts at the conclusion of the programs.
There is limited amount of space for each program, so please make your reservations early. Groups
may choose from one of four programs that are 90 minutes in length and will begin at the following
Wednesday, May 14 9 A.M. & 11 A.M.
Thursday, May 15 9 A.M. & 11 A.M.
For reservations contact Sharon Reed at (800)946-1946, Ext. 1923
Groups interested in scheduling a tour of the Tunica-Biloxi museum at the Tunica-Biloxi
Cultural & Educational Resources Center may call (318) 253-9767.
About the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe is a federally recognized tribe with a reservation within the boundaries of
Louisiana. The tribe owns and operates the Paragon Casino Resort, the largest employer in Central
Louisiana. Earl J. Barbry, Sr. was elected Tribal Chairman in 1978 and was appointed as Tribal
Administrator the same year. He has implemented many positive changes within the tribe and the
The tribe also runs the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee (TBIPAC) that helps state
and national legislators understand the importance of the tribe and the role it can play in the economic
well-being of the state and its citizens.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe has donated over $3,000,000 since 1994 to various non-profit organizations
on the local, regional and national level. In addition to monetary contributions, Paragon Casino Resort
employees have also volunteered their time and talents to local community organizations.
For more information on the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe visit www.tunicabiloxi.org and more information on
the Tunica-Biloxi Indian Political Action Committee www.tbipac.org.
Area Hotel, Motel, & RV Accommodations
Paragon Casino Resort Hotel (800) 946-1946
Ranch House Motel (318) 253-9507
Deluxe Inn (318) 253-7595
Terrace Inn Motel (318) 253-6528
Paragon Casino RV Resort (800) 946-1946
Casino Golf Cabins (318) 253-0175
La Maison Rose B & B (318) 253-8422
All-Star Inn (318) 346-8113
Bailey Hotel (318) 346-7111
Alexandria (Approximately 35 miles from Marksville)
La Quinta (800) 531-5900
Best Western (800) 528-1234
Days Inn (318) 443-7331
Holiday Inn Convention Ctr. (318) 442-9000
Holiday Inn MacArthur (800) 787-8336
Motel 6 (318) 445-2336
Ramada Inn & Conv. Ctr. (318) 443-2561
Rodeway Inn Motel (318) 448-1611
Travel Lodge (800) 578-7878