Golden Eagles Intertribal Society's second annual pow-wow will be
held March 5-7 on The University of Southern Mississippi campus
will comprise cultural activities such as Native American dancing,
singing, arts and crafts, and vendor foods, said Joseph Bohanon,
faculty adviser. Proceeds from vendor sales will be used to support
putting together a program for recruitment, retention and mentoring
for First Nation students who want to attend and who are attending
Southern Miss," said Bohanon. "It's cultural awareness
but also ancestry that has a lot to do with this state, where many
beginnings occurred. We want to create cultural awareness on our
campus to bring people together to learn and to meet with old friends
and new friends, but at the same time, to honor our ways."
A member of
the Oklahoma Choctaw Tribe, Bohanon teaches a course called "Social
Work and First Nations/Indigenous Peoples" in collaboration
with the School of Social Work.
is not only for the Mississippi Choctaw, but for all tribes so they
can come here and know there's something established for them,"
head staff includes Host Northern Drum Medicine Tail, Head Man Dancer
James Sampson and Head Gourd Dancer Will Tonemah. Friday's agenda
includes school day, cultural presentations, gourd dancing and the
grand entry. Saturday's events include gourd dancing and grand entry.
Sunday is gourd dancing, grand entry and closing ceremonies.
in May 2002, the Golden Eagles Intertribal Society group's mission
of creating a stronger presence for Native American students on
the Southern Miss campus is an effort to dispel stereotypes by educating
students about Native American culture. The group numbers about
a dozen, mostly from the Choctaw Indian Tribe and a few from the
Chitimacha Tribe, based in Louisiana, and the Cherokee, Sioux, and
to the powwow at 9 a.m. Friday at the recreational field adjacent
to the Southern Miss Sports Arena, on the eastern side of the Southern
Miss campus. The benefit is open to the public, with free admission
from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. that Friday, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Sunday's hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is cosponsored by
the Southern Miss Department of Recreational Sports and businesses
and individuals who sponsor individual dancers or dancing categories.
In the event
of bad weather, the event will be held at the Southern Miss Sports
Eagles Intertribal Society is planning fund-raisers for the upcoming
event. Contact Joe Bohanon at (601) 266-4171 for more information
on the powwow and how to donate goods and services or sponsorship
for the event.