By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: August 2010
Brothers Tyler, 5, and Canaan, 10, sons of Margaret Blalock, will dance in the Pow-Wow of Champions at the Claremore Expo Center August 13-15.
Margaret Blalock and Lynetta Seward have participated in pow-wows since they were little girls. The sisters are currently coordinating the 33rd annual Pow-Wow of Champions, hosted by the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa. “A pow-wow is a cultural gathering of Native American people – it is basically like a big family reunion,” explains Margaret. “We welcome everyone to join us and enjoy dancing, arts and crafts, and delicious traditional foods.”
“Pow-wows are the perfect opportunity to view all the glory and beauty of Native American culture, and take a piece of it with you,” says Lynetta. “We will have numerous arts and crafts vendors offering handcrafted pottery, beads, clothing, traditional and contemporary jewelry, artwork, paintings, and much more.”
People come from all over the United States and Canada to attend this long-running pow-wow. Hundreds of dancers will participate in ceremonies and dances, including Grand Entries, intertribal dances, and competitions. “All of the dancers are dressed in their traditional regalia. It’s visually stunning – a photographer’s dream,” says Margaret. “If you have any questions about what is going on, do not hesitate to ask someone. We are more than happy to share our culture with others.”
In addition to the wonderful entertainment and shopping opportunities, there will be plenty of tasty and tempting traditional foods, including fry bread, corn soup and Indian tacos. “Don’t get me started on how good the food is!” laughs Lynetta.
The Pow-Wow of Champions will be held Friday, August 13 through Sunday, August 15 in air-conditioned comfort at the Claremore Expo Center, 400 Veterans Parkway. Admission is $6 per person (5 years and under free). A family day pass for four people is $20, or you can purchase a weekend wristband for $12 per person. Parking is free. The Pow-Wow is an alcohol- and drug-free event, so bring the whole family for a weekend of fun! Visit www.iicot.org to learn more.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.