Friday, June 16, 2006

2006 Alabama-Coushatta Pow Wow

On June 2nd, I went with Mark during his assignment to cover the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe 38th Annual Pow Wow on the Alabama-Coushatta reservation in Southeast Texas. I really enjoyed this new experience and would definitely try to attend it again. It is held on Friday and Saturday of the first weekend in June each year. The public is invited to attend.



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Competition dancers surround the color guard during the Grand Entry.



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The costumes were absolutely beautiful as you see from this and the following photos.



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The Bear Claw drum group of Dallas played beautiful drum music.



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A ceremonial rattle awaits the Gourd Dance.



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Louis Beareagle of Austin prepares to join the Gourd Dance, which only features military veterans, during the opening of the Pow Wow competition.



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Everyone was encouraged to participate in the dances regardless of religion, gender, age or ethnicity.



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Dancers of all generations participate in the competition.



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Crystal Battise of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe participates in one of the dances.



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Children are encouraged to participate in the dances. They learn to dance at an early age. This girl is a jingle dress competitor.



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An Indian doll was on display at the Hockett Indian Blessing booth from Dripping Spring, Texas.

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