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Powwow 101: Dance Styles
Powwow dancers attempt to catch
the judges’ eyes with personal style,
footwork falling on the beat of the
music, and well-made dance attire. A
dancer can be disqualified if they dance
off beat, drop a part of the dance outfit
during the performance, or fail to stop
with both feet on the ground when the
last beat of the drum sounds. A good
dancer combines traditional aspects with
personal attitude and individuality.
Men’s Traditional Dance
Dancers dress is noted for the colorful
beadwork, feathers, ribbons, and an
additional bustle worn at the back
of the neck - accentuating each of
the dancer’s athletic movements. The
best Fancy Dancers are able to make
the complex movements of their body
and regalia fall on beat with the drum
as well as dazzle your eyes.
Men’s Grass Dance
Men’s Traditional dancers tell a story
with their movements - one of hunting,
tracking, fighting, or imitating the
courtship dances of prairie birds. The
dancers’ feet stay close to the ground
while their heads and upper bodies
actively play out their story line.
This dance and the associated dance
dress, or regalia, originated with 19th
century warrior society members who
danced to recount their war deeds and
to tell stories.
Women’s Traditional
The Women’s Traditional dance is
a powerful and personal dance of
expression. These dancers move with
extreme grace and subtlety, keeping
their feet close to the ground and either
moving slowly forward or bobbing
slightly with the beat of the drum.
These simple steps have their origin
in older times when women did not
dance in the arena, but stood outside
the circle and kept time with their
feet. Dancers wear or carry shawls, a
sign of modesty and respect, and long
traditional buckskin or cloth dresses.
Women’s Fancy Shawl
Men’s Fancy Dance
Taking basic steps and regalia
from the Traditional dance, Fancy
Marked by quick and fluid movements,
the Grass Dance is more active than
the Men’s Traditional dance. Grass
Dancers move by shaking their
shoulders, swaying their torsos from
the hip, and darting suddenly to
change their direction. They do not
wear a bustle, but rather a shirt and
pants heavily fringed with ribbon, yarn
or cloth moving as an extension of the
dancer’s body, reminiscent of prairie
grass swaying in the wind. Some
Grass Dancers use trick steps that
give the appearance that the dancer is
off balance, only to gracefully recover
just in time.
Fancy Shawl dancers are recognized
by their energetic dance style, in
which they seem to float around
the arena, their shawls outstretched
like beautiful wings. Dancers create
this illusion by moving around the
arena on their toes, kicking high and
twirling into the air. This dance is
extremely athletic and strenuous, and
is usually danced by girls and young
women. The dancers keep up with the
fast pace of the song while retaining a
gentle elegance, using their beautifully
decorated fringed shawls to accentuate
every movement.
Tiny Tots Dance
Women’s Jingle Dress
The most musical of the powwow
dances, the Jingle Dress competition
is gracefully accompanied by the
tinkling sound of the jingle dress in
motion. These dancers are distinctive
in their dresses covered by rows of
triangular metal cones. The dance
has no set choreography, and dancers
use a variety of rocking, stepping and
hopping motions to make the jingles
on their dresses chime along with the
beat of the drum. Although this dance
originated in Northern Minnesota
among the Anishinabe people, it has
become tremendously popular among
women dancers of all ages on the
Northern Plains.
When the announcer calls for the
Tiny Tots dance, a number of young
children fill the arena; dancing,
wiggling and jumping along to the
beat of the drum. The Tiny Tots dance
includes young children, ages 6 and
under, who are just learning to dance
- encouraging them to join in with
powwow activities. The inclusion of
youngsters in the powwow dances
ensures that the next generation
carries on the powwow tradition and work to become the champion
powwow dancers of tomorrow!
Social Dances
In addition to competition dances and
specials, a number of social dances fill
the powwow schedule. Among these
are the intertribal and round dances,
that include all dance categories, ages
and genders. Powwow visitors should
feel free to join in these dances upon
invitation from the Emcee.
The Drum
It is hard to imagine a powwow
without a drum. It is the drum that
makes the dancers want to move,
and the better the drum, the more
the dancers feel the excitement of
the performance. The drum is a term
used to refer to both the instrument
and the group of people sitting at the
drum to play and sing. One or more
lead singers, who start the songs, may
have over one hundred songs in the
personal repertoire. The songs sung
at powwow are varied and endless
in number: some are traditional
and passed down through history,
others are contemporary and created
to speak to current concerns and
interests. Some of the songs are sung
in their traditional tribal language,
which aides to keeping the languages
alive and vital for the younger
generation. Many of the songs are
sung in vocables (rhythmically sung
syllables) such as “hey,” “yah” or
“lay.” The use of vocables makes the
songs easier for singers and dancers
of all tribes to remember. There are
typically a number of drum groups at
each powwow, and they trade off the
playing duties for each song.
Everyone stands for the colorguard and the presenting of flags.
Powwow Etiquette
When attending a powwow, especially if you are unfamiliar
with the setting, it helps to be very observant. While different
powwows will have much in common, there may be some
variance in protocol. Watch what other attendees are doing.
Stand when they stand. Sit when they sit. The emcee, or
master of ceremonies, will make announcements and give
instructions to keep everything going smoothly.
Arena benches are set up for dancers and special honorees
around the perimeter of the dance circle. If a seat has a
blanket on it, it is reserved.
Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring their own chairs
when the powwow is held outdoors. Be conscious of where
you place your chair. Do not sit in sections reserved for elders
or dancers and take care not to block the view of others.
When special songs are played, everyone stands quietly in
respect. Examples are during Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran
Songs, Memorial Songs and Prayer Songs. The emcee will
announce these songs and indicate if or when dancers may
join the song.
Recordings are not allowed without the permission of the
Master of Ceremonies and the Lead Singer.
Only those invited by the Lead Singer may sit at the Drum. Do
not touch the Drum unless given permission.
Ask a dancer’s permission before taking a photograph. You
may also ask the emcee if it is allowed to photograph or
record the dancing. Flash photography may be distracting to
contest dancers and is sometimes not allowed. Ask before
using a flash.
Be respectful of regalia. Some of the pieces or jewelry may be
family heirlooms. If a dancer drops a piece of their regalia or
a piece comes loose, let them or the arena director know. Do
not pick it up yourself.
Do not touch or handle an eagle feather. If one has fallen, let
the dancer or a powwow staff member know.
The dance circle is sacred. Do not walk across the circle and
do not permit children to run in or around the circle. Pets are
not allowed in the dance arena.
Visitors may participate in some social and intertribal dances.
The emcee will announce these dances.
Give-aways are breaks between songs and dances when the
powwow host group gives gifts to the head staff and others
it wishes to honor. Be patient. Give-aways can take up a bit
of time.
Blanket dances are introduced to raise money for the head
drum group. When the blanket is placed on the ground or
floor, everyone is welcome to enter the circle. It’s customary
to enter from the main entry and walk the direction of the
established movement.
Blessings by fire
two young men from the tribe were left in
a mountain cave.
“One was blind and the other one was
crippled,” Ware said.
APACHE – A fire that was lit long ago
ignited a dance ceremony that continues
today for the Fort Sill - Chiricahua –
Warm Springs – Apache people.
“The Fort Sill Apaches referred to the
dance as the ‘Dance of the Mountain
Spirits,’” Lori Gooday Ware, the cultural
coordinator and vice chairman of the Fort
Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma, said.
“Each tribe has their own origin story.”
The Fort Sill Apache legend begins when
a band of the tribe was being attacked and
had to move quickly to escape from the
enemy. In order not to be slowed down,
Days passed, their food supply was
consumed, and as the weight of the
young men dropped, their fears rose with
thoughts of abandonment and death.
Then, as they huddled in the darkness, a
spirit voice in the cave called to them.
“Do as I tell you. Build a fire, and then
fill the water pouch full. Lay it on the fire,
put more wood on the fire and heat the
water until the pouch bursts,” the spirit
said, in a story that documents the legend.
“While the fire is heating, Blind Man put
the Cripple One on your shoulders. As
soon as the pouch bursts, jump over the
fire,” the spirit told the two.
The spirit said after they did that, Blind
Man would see and Cripple One would
be able to walk.
“Then watch and remember everything
you see, every movement made, then find
your people, give this ceremony to them
that they may perform the dance just as
the Mountain Spirits have danced.”
According to a workbook about the life
and culture of Fort Sill Apache artist
Allan Houser, authority and instruction
for conducting this ceremony were
provided by a spirit people who are said
to live inside certain mountains in the
Chiricahua homelands. Individuals who
are instructed in this ceremony bring
it back to be conducted for the health,
protection, blessing, and well-being of
their people.
Ware said the dance is taught by the
men of the tribe, and two of the groups
in her tribe that carry on this tradition
are the Gooday group and the Wesley
Waysepappy group, formerly known as
the Kawaykla group. Her son Wilson
Ware, Jr. remembers being with his
grandfather, the late Lupe Gooday, Sr., at
“He would take me around the dance
when I was little, 3 or 4 years old,” he
said. “I guess it was along the lines of
spiritual for me. I just automatically drew
to it and being that it was my family rite, I
just was always around it.”
Wilson sings for the dancers and said
The Wesley Waysepappy dance
group performs the Dance of
the Mountain Spirits during
the annual Stephenson family
dance at Wichita Tribal Park in
Anadarko, Okla.
his grandfather taught him how to make
drumsticks, including finding the wood
for them. The 7 to 8 inch drumsticks
used are circular at the end and no two
are alike. Wilson said that throughout his
life, he has been instructed by six people
about the dance, the medicine, the songs,
the meanings, and the culture.
“It’s my way of life,” he said. “I’ve learned
a lot of the older style that there’s very
few people here in Oklahoma that know
it. Being that, it hasn’t really changed my
life, but it has become my life.”
Other Apache tribes have their own
name for the dance. The dancers have
been referred to as Crown Dancers,
Fire Dancers, Devil Dancers or Horn
Dancers. The Jicarilla Apache and the
(Kiowa) Apache do not have Mountain
Spirit Dancers, and according to “People
Speaking Silently to Themselves” by
Martin W. Ball (American Indian Quarterly,
Summer 2002), the Mescaleros claim
Lipan Apaches previously had Mountain
Spirit Dancers prior to the early 1900s.
“There’s a complete difference between
the Chiricahua style and the Mescalero
style. There’s even a bigger difference
between the White Mountain and San
Carlos style,” Wilson said of the dance,
adding that a band can be distinguished
by their crown, however the secrets or
meaning of a crown design stay with the
individual or group. The regalia is also
“The regalia are put together with each
leader of the group. Each has their own
meaning and distinguishes from which
band they belong to,” Ware said.
She said there are always four dancers,
representing the four directions, and then
the clown is the medicine of the group who appeared first to the first audience of
the Blind Man and the Crippled One long
Wilson said, each individual’s body paint
and the design represent certain elements
of the earth, and people are never
supposed to know who the dancers are.
“It’s beautiful to watch and it’s beautiful
to be in the presence of, but it’s not for
show. It is done for a blessing and healing.
It’s a healing dance,” Wilson said. “The
dance was given to our people as a gift
from God and we don’t pray to the
dancers, we use the dancers to pray to
God. It’s all about prayer. For people out
there to witness it and be a part of it, they
need to understand it’s not a show. It’s a
When referencing the Mountain Spirit
Dancers, the Celebrating Allan Houser
workbook states, “The ceremonies
include specific attire, body paint, and
headdresses for the dancers, and sacred
songs and rituals. A public performance
of the dance portions of the ceremony is
used at gatherings for blessing the area,
the people, and the tribe ... The audience is
not to point at the dancers, mock them, or
call the dancers by name. Women dance
specific steps in line circling clockwise
around the dancers and the central fire.”
Ware also said no one is to talk to the
dancers or touch them, and permission is
needed from the group leader to record
or take pictures. In addition, Wilson adds
that whenever people see the dance, they
should be respectful, enjoy the dance,
“pray with us when we’re there,” and the
women are always more than welcome to
The dance groups go wherever they’re
asked to give a blessing. The dance can
also be seen when the Fort Sill Apaches
have their annual celebration the third
weekend in September at the tribe’s
headquarters located two miles north of
Apache on US Highway 281.
The Fort Sill Apache Tribe is made up of
descendants of the Chiricahua and Warm
Springs Apaches. They were removed
from their homelands in southwestern
New Mexico, southeastern Arizona and
northern Mexico when the United States
held them as Prisoners of War from 1886
to 1914.
Although the tribe has other ceremonies,
the Dance of the Mountain Spirits is
one of the most recognized, along with
a “feast,” or maturation ceremony, held
when a girl becomes a young woman.
“Our prayers and our songs live on. It’s
a way of life, that for me, I’m trying to
preserve with my small part,” Wilson
said. “We survived a hundred years since
being prisoners of war and we’re going to
survive another hundred. That’s why we
pass our traditions from one to another
and they keep carrying it on.”
The Gooday group dancers
Photos Courtesy Fort Sill Apache
*Powwow dates, times and locations are
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American Indian Youth Leadership Spring
Powwow at McCurtain County Sports
Complex, 108 W 5th St, Broken Bow.
The American Indian Youth Leadership
Spring Powwow is an annual celebration of
Native American culture. Head to this event
to experience traditional storytelling, music
and art. This is the 19th year the community
will share American Indian heritage with
others at this exciting event. Youth art is
on display and special demonstrations of
gourd dancing and stick ball playing will be
presented. Come experience the beauty of
American Indian culture at this free event.
Phone: 580-584-3365.
Buffalo Run Casino Powwow, Peoria
Showplace, 1000 Buffalo Run Blvd., Miami.
11am-7pm. Registration opens at 9:30.
Phone: 918-542-1873.
Oklahoma City University Spring Powwow,
Freede Wellness Center, Oklahoma City
University Campus: 2501 N Blackwelder
Ave., Oklahoma City. Head Singer, Brent
Greenwood; Head Gourd, Comanche Little
Ponies; Arena Director, Randy Frazier; Color
Guard, Riverside Indian School; Honored
Staff, Lori Harless; Honored Alumni, Tommy
Jones. Phone: 405-761-1178.
Talihina Indian Festival Powwow at the
Talihina School Gym, Talihina, OK 74571
Come out and experience this annual
powwow festival featuring handmade
arts and crafts, food concessions and
intertribal dancing. Gourd dancing will
– Photo courtesy Otoe-Missouria Tribe
The largest gathering of Otoe-Missouria people is the Summer Encampment held each year on the third weekend of July
in Red Rock. The four-day celebration is a homecoming, and this gathering has taken place in Oklahoma since the arrival
of the tribe in 1881. Filled with song, dancing and fellowship, the Encampment is the highlight of the social calendar.
In their own languages, the Otoes call themselves Jiwere (jee-WEH-ray) and the Missourias call themselves Nutachi (nooTAH-chi). The state of Nebraska gets its name from an Otoe-Missouria phrase. The phrase is “Ni Brathge” (nee BRAHTHgay) which means “water flat”. Ni Brathge was what the tribes called the Platte River, which is a major river that flows
through the state.
The Otoe-Missouria Encampment Grounds is located 20 miles north of Stillwater at 7500 Hwy 177, in Red Rock. For
information call 580-723-4466 or visit
Scalp Dance
The Tonkawa, Ponca and other tribes practiced the
scalp dance to honor warriors who returned from
battle with the scalps of an enemy to prove victory.
Women danced with the scalp, which had been
painted and attached to a staff or lance, showing
off the battle trophies to honor their men. Tonkawa
dancers traditionally wear leggings, carry a black
shawl and wear a black mark down the center of
their face to distinguish their tribe. You won’t see
scalps on top of the women’s staffs today, but you
will see perhaps horse mane or a scarf.
In addition to the Scalp Dance, the annual Tonkawa
tribal celebration in June includes a Scout Dance,
contest dancing and a Nez Perce memorial
For more information call 580-628-2561.
take place throughout the day with Grand
Entry at 7:00pm, followed by intertribal
dancing cloth, buckskin, fancy shawl and
jingle dances. There will also be a Tiny
Tots contest for ages 0-6. Phone: 918-5672539.
USAO Spring Powwow, USAO Field House,
1727 W Alabama Ave., Chickasa. Phone:
APRIL 11-16
Symposium of the American Indian,
Northeastern State University, 600 N
Grand, Tahlequah. The annual Symposium
on the American Indian is a mix of scholarly
and cultural presentations that are open to
the public free of charge. This celebration
of American Indian culture and over 100
years of higher education at NSU features
workshops on Native American traditions,
short films and an ongoing film series. NSU
is proud to celebrate a century of Cherokee
Nation education, as NSU was founded on
the established site of the pre-statehood
Cherokee National Female Seminary and
continues to serve a significant Native
student population.
Stop by this symposium and spend the day
browsing through traditional art vendor
booths and enjoying a variety of speakers,
live performances, stickball exhibitions and
a variety of American Indian games. This
event concludes with the NSU powwow,
featuring traditional tribal dance such
as gourd dancing, all performed to the
electrifying beat of drums. Above all, this
symposium brings renowned scholars and
tribal traditionalists together in a university
venue to educate and offer discourse in
sovereignty, scholarship, creative works,
tribal issues and cultural diversity. Phone:
Bacone College Powwow, Historic Bacone
Campus, 2299 Old Bacone Rd., Muskogee.
Join us at the historic Bacone College for
a day full day of games, children activities
and fire pit storytelling. All Drums/Dancers
welcome. Phone: 918-360-6471.
Oklahoma City Powwow Club Benefit
Dance, Indian Hills Powwow Grounds, 9300
N. Sooner Rd., Oklahoma City. Phone: 405826-8189.
Phi Sigma Nu Powwow, Sequoyah High
School Old Gym, 17901 S. Muskogee Ave.,
Tahlequah. Corey Still, Arena Director; Hyde
Toppah, Head Singer; Chris Chanate, Head
Gourd. Phone: 918-207-6923.
Memorial Powwow for Donald Spottedcorn,
Canton Cheyenne-Arapaho Gym, 207 N.
Jefferson Ave., Canton.
Fife Indian United Methodist Church Azalea
Powwow, Muskogee Civic Center, 425
Boston, Muskogee. The Azalea Powwow,
held in conjunction with the city of
Muskogee’s annual Azalea Festival, is an
American Indian powwow that features
gourd dancing and a spectacular grand
entry. Attend the Azalea Powwow to see
participants in full regalia dance to the
sounds of traditional drums in a variety
of dance competitions. Dance contests
will include men’s straight and traditional,
men’s fancy and shawl, women’s cloth and
buckskin, and women’s fancy shawl and
jingle dress. Food and merchandise vendors
will also be on hand at the powwow. Phone:
918-684-6363 or 918-478-9227 or email
[email protected]
Comanche Nation Youth Program Powwow,
Comanche Nation Complex, Watchetaker
Hall, 584 N W Bingo Rd., Lawton. 580-5837327.
Restoring Harmony Powwow, Westside
YMCA, 5400 S Olympia Ave, Tulsa.
Experience the spirit of an ancient tradition
at the 2015 Restoring Harmony Powwow at
Tulsa’s Westside YMCA. This event begins
with stickball games that will take you back
in time. Continue with an awareness hike
and a showing of the film “Bully.” In the
afternoon, enjoy traditional gourd dancing
before the sun sets and the grand entry
parade begins.
When you see participants in traditional
regalia, you’ll probably want to take
something home for yourself to remember
this sacred event. The event will feature
vendors for shopping. Browse booths
boasting American Indian items like jewelry
and blankets to find the perfect accessory
or home furnishing. This free event is sure
to be fun for the whole family.
Phone: 918-382-2217
Archaeology Day & Birthday Bash, Spiro
Mounds Archaeological Center, 18154
1st St, Spiro. The annual Archaeology
Day and Birthday Bash at the Spiro
Mounds Archaeological Center is a day to
celebrate the public opening of the only
prehistoric Native American archaeological
site in Oklahoma. Throughout the day,
archaeologists will look at collections to
help identify artifacts, Native American
artists will show their wares and several
lectures will be given. Visitors to this event
will also enjoy guided tours. Phone: 918962-2062
Comanche Little Ponies Annual Celebration,
Comanche County Fairgrounds Expo Center,
920 S. Sheridan Rd., Lawton. Phone: 580583-5279.
Oklahoma Federation of Indian Women
Honor Powwow, Choctaw Event Center,
Durant. Join us as we honor our lovely
outgoing Miss Indian Oklahoma and Jr Miss
Indian Oklahoma. Both our titleholders
have done an outstanding job representing
the organization, Oklahoma, their tribes, &
– Photo courtesy Mvskoke Media
Stomp Dance
Traditional among tribes originally from the southeastern United States, stomp dancing is both a ceremonial and social
event traditionally observed during the warm weather months.
For the Muscogee (Creek) people, stomp dancing’s origins date back three or four centuries. According to tradition,
a fasting man participating in a religious ceremony fell into a trance and began dancing while singing medicine songs.
Thinking it was a gift from the Creator, other men participating in the ceremony joined in and began dancing in unison.
The modern Muscogee (Creek) stomp dance has changed a little over the last few centuries, with women now being
allowed to join in. All day prior to the dance, men fast and offer prayers. The dance is in the evening after the men break
their fast.
The men begin walking in a single file counterclockwise around a fire. Women take their places alternately between the
men, and followed by children. Although women are not allowed to lead stomp dances or the singing, they contribute
the accompaniment with rattles strapped to their legs.
As part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s annual festival, the stomp dance is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on June 23 south
of the tribe’s Mound Building at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and Oklahoma Highway 56. For more information,
their families. We will also be introducing the newly crowned 2016
Miss & Jr Miss Indian Oklahoma. Gourd Dancing begins at 1 p.m.,
Grand Entry at 7pm.. For more information, call Debbie Hill @ 918951-1336 or email [email protected]
MAY 14
DK Toppah Memorial Powwow, Red Buffalo Hall, 511 E. 4th St.,
Carnegie. Phone: 405-589-0569.
Inter-Tribal Children’s Powwow & Fun Fest, Ottawa Tribe Powwow
Grounds, 11400 S 613 Rd, Miami. Bring the whole family out to
the Inter-Tribal Children’s Powwow and Fun Fest in Miami for
a day of activities and exhibitions of tribal dance. Educational
and fun activities and games for kids begin with the fun fest at
12pm. Storytellers will tell traditional stories and there will be live
entertainment throughout the day. All ages will enjoy browsing the
craft booths offering a variety of handmade items at the Inter-Tribal
Children’s Powwow and Fun Fest. Pick up a snack from one of the
many food vendors, then watch gourd dancers and hoop dancers as
they perform. Stick around for supper from 5pm to 7pm, and then
witness the excitement of the grand entry, which begins at 7pm. A
stomp dance will follow the day’s festivities, beginning at 11:30pm.
Phone: 918-542-7232 or 918-325-0159.
JUNE 10-12
Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival, Cox Convention Center,
1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City. Head to Oklahoma City’s Red
Earth Festival this June and witness as more than 1,000 American
Indian artists and dancers from throughout North America gather
to celebrate the richness and diversity of their heritage with the
world. For three exciting days, Oklahoma City will be at the center
of Native American art and culture as more than 30,000 people
gather to celebrate.
The Red Earth Festival is an exciting event featuring representatives
from over 100 tribes. Over the years, Red Earth has matured into
one of the most respected visual and performing arts events of its
type, setting the standard for many of today’s Indian art shows. At
Red Earth, guests can sample the work of some of the nation’s most
celebrated artists, with opportunities to purchase contemporary
and traditional examples of beadwork, basketry, jewelry, pottery,
sculpture, paintings, graphics and cultural attire during the festival’s
juried art show and market.
The dance competition at Red Earth is one of the rare occasions
when dancers from America’s Northern and Southern tribes can be
seen together in one venue. Red Earth dancers represent the elite of
Native American dance, some of the most gifted and accomplished
in the world. The masters, each in their own distinctive tribal dress,
exhibit their originality and skills in one of the most prestigious of
all native dance competitions. Phone: 405-427-5228
Tinker Inter-Tribal Council Powwow, Joe Barnes Regional Park,
8700 E. Reno Ave., Midwest City. Join thousands as they gather at
Midwest City’s Joe B. Barnes Regional Park to honor the veteran
warriors from Oklahoma Native American tribes at the Tinker Inter-
Tribal Council Powwow. Free and open to the public, this powwow
is a great opportunity for your family to experience the vibrant and
fascinating culture of the American Indian tribes that call Oklahoma
home. Activities will include Native American traditional dance,
singing, art, jewelry, and food. Come and witness a youth dancing
exhibition and men’s fancy dancing, as well as women’s southern
cloth and buckskin divisions.
JUNE 17-19
Iowa Powwow, Iowa Tribal Complex, Bah-Kho-Je Powwow Grounds,
Perkins. The Iowa Annual Powwow is a celebration of homecoming
and fellowship amongst the Bahkhoje people. It is a way of renewing
old friendships and building new ones. The powwow is a celebration
of life. It is a full weekend of singing, social dancing, feasting
and dance competitions with tribal citizens from across America
attending. The powwow is organized by a designated committee
whereas they begin planning many months beforehand to assure all
plans and budget expenses are met. The weekend typically begins
on a Friday evening starting out with a Grand Entry. This is the time
when veterans, chiefs, royalty, and dancers make a grand entrance
into the sacred arena. Flags are carried by veterans to honor our
fallen, retired, and present veterans. Everyone is welcome to
come and enjoy a time of new experiences along with family and
friends. For more information, contact Powwow Chairperson Linda
Bigsoldier: 405-614-5547 or [email protected]
JUNE 23 -25
Mvskoke Nation Festival, Claude Cox Omniplex, 2950 Warrior Rd.,
Okmulgee. Each June, thousands of people gather at the Muscogee
(Creek) Nation Claude Cox Omniplex in the city of Okmulgee for a
weekend filled with activities celebrating contemporary Muscogee
life. This annual celebration includes cultural exhibitions, a golf
tournament, concerts featuring local and national acts, arts and
crafts, great food, a parade through historic downtown Okmulgee,
senior citizen’s activities, children’s activities and many more
festivities for the entire family to enjoy.
The Mvskoke Nation Festival began in 1974 as a celebration of
Muscogee culture and heritage and has become a major family
gathering for many Muscogee families. This year is the 41st
anniversary of the festival. All activities are free and open to the
public. This much-loved festival invites all people to experience the
games, competitions and festival events during the month of June.
Be a part of the largest and longest running festival in Okmulgee
County. Phone: 918-732-7992 or 918-732-7993.
JUNE 24 - 26
Tonkawa Tribal Powwow, Fort Oakland, Tonkawa. Come out and
experience the Tonkawa Tribal Powwow, an annual tribal celebration
featuring Native American dancing, contests, crafts, artwork and
food. Dance styles will include straight, fancy, traditional, cloth
and buckskin categories. Stick around for a traditional Tonkawa
scalp dance during the festival and a Nez Perce memorial ceremony
Saturday morning. This year’s event will also include sporting
tournaments, a catfish tournament and a scout dance. Free
camping, along with electric and water hookups, will be available.
Phone: 580-628-2561.
JUNE 24-25
Miami Nation Tribal Powwow, NEO College
Arena, Miami. The Miami Nation Tribal
Powwow is a celebration of Native American
dance. This free event welcomes visitors
from the surrounding area and beyond
to witness as tribal members compete
in various traditional dances. The Miami
Nation Tribal Powwow features gourd
dancing, a shell shaker contest, singers and
powwow princesses. A grand entry and
color guard presentation will be held, and
food and merchandise vendors will be on
hand. Phone: 918-541-1300.
JUNE 24 - 26
Peoria Powwow, 60610 E 90 Rd, Miami. The
annual Peoria Powwow in Miami is a grand
festival of Native American culture and
dance. This American Indian event features
a wide range of contest dancing, including
gourd dancing and straight dancing, as well
as grass, traditional and fancy dancing.
Other categories of dance will also include
cloth, buckskin, jingle and fancy shawl.
Come to the Peoria Powwow in Miami and
join the Master of Ceremonies as he or
she leads visitors throughout the festival’s
various events.
A traditional round dance will open each
session and all participants will be in full
regalia. The highly anticipated stomp dance
will be hosted on Friday and Saturday
nights as well as Sunday afternoon. Attend
the Peoria Powwow and enjoy singing and
more. Browse through booths filled with
American Indian arts and craft vendors,
enjoy free camping throughout the event
and satisfy your appetite for tasty treats
with plenty of food concessions. Phone:
JULY 1 - 4
Quapaw Tribal Powwow, 5681 S 630 Rd,
Quapaw. Head to Quapaw this July to
experience American Indian traditions
with the Quapaw tribe. The tribe holds
an annual celebration over the 4th of July
weekend that includes dancing, contests,
vendors and plenty of family fun. Come
celebrate the culture and history of the
Quapaw. Phone: 918-542-1853.
JULY 2-4
Kiowa Gourd Clan Celebration, Carnegie
City Park, Carnegie. Witness American
Indian dancing by the Kiowa Gourd Clan at
the annual Kiowa Gourd Clan Celebration
in Carnegie. Visit the Kiowa Gourd Clan
Celebration to see gourd dancing, stunning
shawls and drumming exhibitions, and
celebrate Kiowa heritage at this traditional
ceremony. Phone: 580-654-2300.
JUNE 30 – JULY 3
Pawnee Indian Veteran’s Powwow at Park
Ln & Memorial Rd., Pawnee.
The 68th Pawnee Indian Veterans Powwow
is a community event that honors veterans
and celebrates American Indian culture.
Enjoy powwow activities Thursday, Friday,
Saturday and Sunday evenings and free
overnight primitive camping on-site. This
family event features Indian dance contests,
heritage programs and more. Free rations
will be given out to campers Saturday
morning. Phone: 918-873-0499
JULY 9 -12
Sac & Fox Nation Powwow, 920883 S State
Hwy 99, Stroud. Come and experience this
annual American Indian event featuring
native dancing, singing, dance competitions,
arts and crafts, a rodeo, food vendors,
outdoor camping and much more. Enjoy
the Sac & Fox Nation Celebration Open
Rodeo at this annual powwow and witness
traditional rodeo events such as bull riding,
bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team
roping, calf roping, steer wrestling and
more. Toll Free: 800-259-3970.
JULY 14 -17
Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampnent,
Encampment Grounds, 7500 Hwy 177
Red Rock. The Otoe-Missouria Tribe will
host its 134th annual encampment this
July at the tribe’s dancing grounds, located
20 miles north of Stillwater. One of the
most important gatherings for the OtoeMissouria people, this event will include
gourd dancing, a 5K run and contest
dancing. The 2015-2016 Otoe-Missouria
Princess will also be crowned during the
four-day event. Arts and craft vendors, as
well as food concessions, will be available.
This event is free and open to the public.
Phone: 580-723-4466.
JULY 15 -17
Comanche Homecoming Powwow, Sultan
Park, 129 E Colorado St, Walters. Come
see the tradition of the Comanche Tribe
come to life before your eyes and enjoy a
full weekend of American Indian activities
and events at this year’s Comanche
Homecoming Powwow in Walters. Grab
a seat along the sidelines of the powwow
grounds to see the amazing spectacle of
traditional American Indian dancers in full
regalia. Categories of dance competition
will include gourd, cloth, buckskin, straight,
fancy and more. Intertribal dancing and
contests will be held throughout the
weekend. Food and merchandise vendors
will also be on-hand, so grab an Indian
taco or other tasty treat and get ready
for American Indian dancing at its finest.
Phone: 580-492-3240.
JULY 26-30
American Indian Expo, Caddo County
Fairgrounds, Anadarko. Anadarko’s annual
American Indian Expo showcases the arts,
crafts and traditions of 13 Plains Indian
tribes. This event also features one of
the largest American Indian parades in
Oklahoma. Long championed as the first
and only all-Indian operated cultural event
of its kind, the American Indian Expo has
garnered a wide variety of notoriety and
acclaim over the years.
Visitors from across the nation and abroad
have flocked to Anadarko each summer
to witness the expo’s colorful dance
and pageant presentations. Princesses
representing individual tribes are honored
at this event each year. Since the late 1930s,
many of the country’s most accomplished
Native American artists have exhibited and
sold their work to visitors of the expo.
Come to the American Indian Expo to
enjoy contest dancing, a carnival, parades,
dance contests, pageants, games, a fry
bread contest, talent presentations, crafts,
concessions and to immerse yourself in
the history and ways of present-day Native
American tribes. There will also be a poker
run, an archery competition and plenty of
delicious food. Phone: 580-483-5095 or
JULY 29-30
Indian Hills Powwow, 9300 N. Sooner Rd.,
Oklahoma City. Phone 405-826-8189.
JULY 29-31
Kihekah Steh Powwow, 193rd Rd. & 52nd
W. Ave., Skiatook. Head to Skiatook this July
for the annual Kihekah Steh Powwow. This
important Native American event will occur
northwest of town and will feature a wide
variety of traditional dancing and beautiful
regalia. There will be gourd dancing nightly
along with plenty of activities for kids like
junior contests and Tiny Tots events. Browse
handmade craft vendors or sample some of
the delicious food available throughout the
weekend. Bring a chair and enjoy the night
of dancing. Phone: 918-381-7996 or 918637-4241.
JULY 30-31
Tulsa Powwow, Cox Business Center, 100
Civic Center, Tulsa. The Tulsa Powwow, the
signature event of the Tulsa Indian Club
since 1952, began as a small, backyard
gathering and grew into a nationally known
Native American summer celebration.
Held for many years at Tulsa’s Mohawk Park,
and now at the Cox Business Center, our
powwow brings participants and attendees
from all over the world. While the
venue has changed over the years, our
powwow has not. Phone: 918-207-5955.
Eastern Shawnee Children’s Back to School
Powwow, held near Wyandotte, is a fun
and educational event for kids complete
with inflatables, face painting, snow cones,
raffles and plenty of prizes. Kids will learn
more about Native American culture
through storytelling, traditional dancing
and other engaging activities like flint
knapping and pony rides. Booths filled with
American Indian arts and crafts, as well as
delicious, traditional foods will be available
at this great event. Phone: 918-666-7710
or 888-978-1352.
Oklahoma Indian Nation Powwow and
annual Summerfest, Concho. Phone: 405361-8945 or 405-422-7585.
Kaw Nation Powwow, Kaw Nation Pow
Wow Grounds, 12613 E Furguson Avenue,
Kaw City.
AUGUST 11-14
Wichita Tribal Dance, Wichita Tribal Park,
Anadarko. Attend the annual Wichita Tribal
Dance, a free event open to the public,
to witness breathtaking American Indian
dance competitions. Witness as Native
American dancers whirl and stomp in
traditional regalia to the heart-pumping
beat of drums. Dance competitions will be
open to Wichita Tribal members and their
descendants. Gourd dancers, war dancers
and a color guard will all be on-hand to
Eastern Shawnee Children’s Back to School
Powwow, 127 Oneida St., Wyandotte. The
participate in this year’s Wichita Tribal
Dance. Free meals will be available on
designated nights of the event. Food and
vendor booths will also be on-site. Phone:
405-247-2425 or 405-247-9677.
AUGUST 12 - 14
IICOT Powwow of Champions, ORU Mabee
Center, 7777 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa. More
than 300 dancers, dressed in full regalia,
will participate throughout the weekend
in ceremonies and dances, including aweinspiring grand entries, intertribal dances
and dance competitions.
The grand entries at the Powwow of
Champions mark the beginning of the
sessions, led by the Eagle Staff and a Native
American color guard. The procession of
American Indian dignitaries and dancers is a
brilliant and constantly moving sea of color
circling the arena to the rhythmic beat of
drum and song. In the competitive dance
sessions, dancers use the whole arena to
exhibit their skills with grace and finesse
while attempting to catch the judges’ eyes
with their personal style, footwork and
striking dance regalia.
The Powwow of Champions, hosted by the
Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa, will also
feature arts and crafts including an excellent
selection of traditional and contemporary
jewelry, turquoise, artwork, Kachina dolls,
beadwork, paintings, pottery, quality
handcrafted items, books and music.
Traditional foods will be a prominent part of
this annual powwow. Fry bread, meat pies
and Indian tacos will be available as well as
many other tempting and tasty items. Daily
admission tickets, family day passes and
weekend wristbands are available. Phone:
AUGUST 18-21
Annual Ponca Celebration, Historic White
Eagle Park: 5 Miles South of Ponca City
on HWY 177, Ponca City. Phone: 580-7628104.
Cherokee National Holiday, various locations
in Tahlequah. The Cherokee National
Holiday in Tahlequah celebrates the signing
of the Cherokee Nation Constitution in
1839. This annual event is a celebration of
Cherokee heritage and cultural awareness.
The Cherokee National Holiday attracts
visitors from across the United States as
well as from around the world. The fourday holiday is full of activities for all ages,
from traditional Native American games like
cornstalk and blowgun shooting, marbles
and stickball to tournaments in sports like
basketball and softball.
Many other events will take place during
the Cherokee National Holiday, including
a parade, children’s events and a car show.
Vendors will be on hand offering authentic
Native American products such as food,
artwork, pottery, blankets and other unique
items. The highlights of the celebration will
be the inter-tribal powwows, held on both
Friday night and Saturday night. Phone:
918-453-5544 or 918-453-1689.
Cheyenne & Arapaho Labor Day Powwow,
Kiowa Gourd Clan
Witness American Indian dancing by
the Kiowa Gourd Clan at the annual
Kiowa Gourd Clan Celebration in
Carnegie. This event will feature the
tribe’s Sun Dance, held in the middle
of summer during the longest and
hottest days of the year. Visit the
Kiowa Gourd Clan Celebration
to see gourd dancing, stunning
shawls and drumming exhibitions,
and celebrate Kiowa heritage at
this traditional ceremony held
at Carnegie City Park, Carnegie,
Oklahoma. Call 580-654-2300 to
confirm date and location.
Powwow Grounds, Colony. Phone: 580339-3320 or 405-200-5052.
Choctaw Nation Labor Day, Tvshka Homma,
Tuskahoma. Phone: 800-522-6170.
Wyandotte Powwow, Wyandotte Nation
Powwow Grounds, 5.2 miles east of
Wyandotte on HWY 60. Begins Friday at
8pm. Grand Entries on Saturday at 1pm
and 7pm. Sunday at 1:30pm.
Keetoowah Cherokee Celebration, at
Keetoowah Celebration grounds, west
of Tahlequah off HWY 62.The United
Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in
Oklahoma invites visitors to Tahlequah
for festivities that celebrate the tribe’s
heritage. Bring the family out to
experience traditional American Indian
crafts, games, Native American dancing
and a parade at this year’s Keetoowah
Cherokee Celebration. Enjoy a signing of
the UKB Constitution, hog fry, gospel sing
and cultural demonstrations. Honor the
traditions of the United Keetoowah Band
of Cherokees with the Chief’s State of the
Nation address.
Enjoy a free traditional meal, or bring the
kids for a turtle race, fishing derby and
– Photo courtesy Lester Harragarra
other children’s activities. Keetoowah game
competitions will also be held during this
event. Witness as participants compete in
marbles, blowgun and corn stalk shoots,
horseshoes, stickball and more. Arts and
craft vendors, as well as a variety of food
vendors, will also be available. Phone: 918431-1818 or 918-456-6533.
Seminole Nation Days Annual Powwow,
Mekusukey Mission Grounds, Seminole.
Phone: 405-274-6791
Standing Bear Powwow, Standing Bear
Park, 601 Standing Bear Pkwy, Ponca City.
The Standing Bear Powwow, hosted by the
six north-central tribes of Oklahoma, is held
the last Friday and Saturday of September.
It features inter-tribal dancing, exhibition
dancing, contest dancing, tiny tot contests
and the crowning of the Standing Bear
Princess. Visitors will also find a variety of
arts and craft vendors, along with a wide
variety of food vendors.
This free event in Ponca City is open to the
public and often considered one of the
most significant American Indian events
in the United States. Attend the Standing
Bear Powwow and witness as the Kaw,
Osage, Otoe-Missouria, Pawnee, Ponca
and Tonkawa tribes gather to celebrate
their tribal heritage with contest dancing,
singing, drumming and more.
The Standing Bear Powwow begins Friday
evening with gourd dancing, a wide variety
of traditional tribal dances, princess
selection, tiny tots contest and golden age
contests. Don’t miss the Grand Entry and
be rewarded with the amazing sight of
native dancers in full regalia. Visitors to
the Standing Bear Powwow will also enjoy
food vendors and artisan booths featuring
American Indian arts and crafts. A Saturday
evening meal, which is served free to the
public, generally consists of corn soup and
fry bread. Phone: 580-762-1514 or 580762-3148.
Comanche Nation Fair, Comanche Nation
Complex, Lawton. The Comanche Nation
Fair in Lawton is the largest event of the
Comanche Nation and features a powwow,
parade, free concert, games and an art
show. Other activities include basketball
and softball tournaments, a horseshoe
tournament, quilt show, teen dance, fun
run and spirit walk. Arts and craft vendors
from around the country will be present,
as well as a variety of food vendors. A
children’s carnival featuring free rides will
also be on-site.
This annual fall event brings together tribes
from all across the nation. The much-
anticipated powwow will feature traditional forms of dance such as
gourd dancing and fire dancing. Photography is allowed during the
dance competition, so don’t forget your camera. Attend this threeday event and immerse yourself in the historic traditions of the
Comanche tribe. Activities including horse racing, hand games and
storytelling will all be represented. Visitors to this year’s Comanche
Nation Fair will also enjoy a cedar smoking ceremony, bull riding
and a car show, plus a variety of children’s activities.
Celebrate Comanche culture at the largest American Indian
gathering in southwest Oklahoma. This event is free and open to
the public. Free camping near the powwow grounds will also be
available. Phone: 580-492-3241.
Choctaw Casino Powwow, Choctaw Event Center, HWY 69/75,
Durant. Free admission. For more information visit www. or call 800-522-4700.
New Year’s Eve Sobriety Powwow, Cox Business Center: 100 Civic
Center, Tulsa. Phone: 918-639-7999.
*Powwow dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please
call ahead or check online in advance before making travel plans.
See for more listings and updates through
the season.
402 Southeast Interstate Drive, LAWTON
At Comanche Nation Casino, a large, modern casino in
Lawton, Oklahoma, we have a large variety of the hottest
and loosest slots. Choose from over 700 machines.
Play the way you like to play from the following
denominations: penny, nickel, dime, quarter, $.50, $1,
$2, $5, $10, and $25. We’re open 24/7, 365 days a year.
Enjoy delicious casual dining at the Mustang Sports Grill
inside the casino. Monthly events and promotions are
always popular. It is conveniently located just off the
freeway in Lawton, Oklahoma.
69300 East Nee Road, QUAPAW
1-888-DWNSTRM (396-7876)
Join in and be part of the FUN and EXCITEMENT! From
the newest gaming machines on the market, traditional
table games and the most stylish poker room in
Oklahoma, Downstream Casino Resort provides a Las
Vegas-style entertainment experience for everyone.
Whether you prefer high energy surroundings or a more
intimate experience, Downstream Casino Resort offers
new ways to play influenced by the rich history of Native
American culture.
10085 Ferguson Rd, BEGGS
Duck Creek Casino provides the ultimate, small casino,
gaming experience with over 12,500 feet of dining
and gaming entertainment with 300 high tech gaming
machines providing 24 hour a day fun! We offer a wide
variety of both classic and popular games to keep your
luck rolling through the night. Located conveniently off
of US highway 75, just minutes South of Tulsa, where
you will be just steps away from parking to your lucky
machine. Stop by and find your special game that fits
your winning style.
109095 Okemah St, Okemah
(918) 560-6199
The Golden Pony Casino in Okemah, run by the
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town of the Muscogee (Creek)
Nation, offers a variety of entertainment options in one
venue. With a wide variety of slot machines and new
ones being added all the time, you’ll play games for
hours and never get bored.
8330 Riverside Pkwy, TULSA
Enjoy one of the largest Gaming floors in Oklahoma.
Play our action-packed Promotions, with a Player’s
Club that rewards our most passionate gamers. Indulge
in several Dining and Nightlife options that can’t
be beat. And rock out to the hottest live music and
performances at the River Spirit Event Center. Starting
soon, we’re also the proud home of Jimmy Buffett’s
Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant. And more! Stop
by anytime, 24/7, just south of 81st Street and Riverside
Drive at Casino Drive in Tulsa.
12875 N. HWY 77, NEWKIRK
(877) 7-CLANS-0 or 877-725-2670
Paradise Casino opened in May 2000, followed by First
Council Casino Hotel in March 2008. Each is home
to exciting gaming, dining, and entertainment. First
Council is located in Newkirk, OK, just south of the
Kansas/Oklahoma border, 30 minutes north of Ponca
9695 US-177, BRAMAN
SouthWind Casino has three great locations in
Oklahoma. Our Braman location is just south of the
Kansas border, and features more than 100 E-games.
Phase II of the Braman Casino expansion celebrated its
grand opening in December, providing 300 additional
E-games, plus the contemporary 231 Bistro & Bar. Our
grand BINGO facility in Newkirk features several large
BINGO boards to keep you up to speed during every
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Plaza at Braman, Oklahoma).
Certified Native | Native Oklahoma
306 N Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah
Phone: 918-708-5838
Native Oklahoma Magazine’s office now houses Tahlequah’s
newest art gallery and gift shop! The gallery features Oklahoma
Native artists profiled in Native Oklahoma Magazine and up-andcoming local talents. Come by for Native pottery, decorative gourds,
jewelry, giclee prints, art tiles, paintings and Bedré chocolates - plus
pick up the latest issue of Native Oklahoma. 8:30-2:30 M-F and by
Cherokee Gallery & Gift Shop
777 W Cherokee St, Catoosa
Phone: 918-384-6723
Located inside the Hard Rock Casino, the Cherokee Gallery & Gift
Shop offers a variety of items make by Cherokee Tribal members.
Browse traditional Cherokee items like baskets, pottery, beaded
items, knives and pipes. Other items include Pendleton products,
jewelry, art, books and apparel.
Cherokee Nation Gift Shop
17725 S Muskogee Ave, Tahlequah
Phone: 918-456-2793
Toll Free: 800-256-2123
Located next to the Cherokee Nation Headquarters in Tahlequah,
the Cherokee Nation Gift Shop offers a variety of items made by
Cherokee Tribal members. Browse rows of traditional Cherokee
baskets, pottery, beaded items, knives and pipes. Other items
include Pendleton products, jewelry, art, books and apparel.
Choctaw Nation Museum Gift Shop
(918) 569-4465.
Located on the first floor of the historic Choctaw Nation Museum
in Tuskahoma the Choctaw gift shop features many wonderful
handcrafted Choctaw Items. Those looking for unique one of
a kind holiday gifts can find it here. We have beaded and gourd
An endeavor of Native Oklahoma Magazine
& the Native American Times
For more information call 918-708-5838
tree ornaments and also beadwork from over 20 local artist, baby
moccasins, artwork, deer horn handle knives, stickball silverwork,
modern Choctaw jewelry, Pendleton blankets and items too
numerous to mention. In December receive a free ornament with
any purchase. The gift shop is open from 8 to 4 Monday through
Friday. The gift shop will also do mail orders. Please call (918) 5694465.
Dean’s Drive-Thru Pawn Shop
2617 S. Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City
Dean’s Pawn Shop was established in 1968 and is OKC’s Oldest
Pawn Shop. We are located in the Heart of Historic Capitol Hill
Business District, just South of Downtown OKC. We Specialize in
Native American Goods. We Buy-Sell-Pawn & Trade Handmade
items by Tribes all across the USA. One-of-a-kind Silver and Beaded
Jewelry, Buckskin Dresses, Jingle Dresses, Shawls, Dance Regalia of
All Kinds, Beaded Moc’s, Original Artwork, Pendleton Blankets &
Towels, Tribal CD’s and much more. If it is Native American made
you have a chance to see and buy it here at our shop. We have over
2000 items in stock with other items coming in daily. Don’t miss the
opportunity to find that unique One-of-A-Kind item you’ve been
looking for, when you come by and meet our friendly staff here
at Dean’s Drive-Thru Pawnshop. Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm,
405-239-2774 or visit us at
The Five Civilized Tribes Museum Gift Shop
1101 Honor Heights Dr., Muskogee
Phone: 918-683-1701
Toll Free: 877-587-4237
The Five Civilized Tribes Museum is located atop historical Agency
Hill, between the VA Hospital and the entrance to Honor Heights
Park. Constructed in 1875 as the original Indian Agency for the Five
Civilized Tribes, the building has gone through many changes and
used as a variety of venues, such as a Creek orphanage as well as
a tea room run by the wife of the late Alexander Posey. In 1966
2617 S. Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK
405.239.2774 |
“Oklahoma City’s Oldest Pawn Shop”
the Five Civilized Tribes Museum was born, through the vision and
dedication of the Da-Co-Tah Indian Women’s Club.
The museum is open Mon- Fri, 10am-5pm and Sat, 10am-2p. For
more information, call 918-683-1701, visit or check us
out on Facebook.
Gourds Etc.
9002 S 439-2, Locust Grove
Phone: 918-479-8739
Gourds, Etc is an art studio and gallery that offers authentic
handmade Cherokee art for immediate purchase including oneof-a-kind Cherokee gourd masks, gourd art, paintings, jewelry,
tree ornaments, decorative mugs and more. Periodic gourd art
workshops are offered. All gourds used for art are grown in a
garden located on studio property. Visitors are welcome to view
the garden area to better understand the process of making gourd
art. Gourds, Etc is privately owned and operated by artist, Verna
Bates, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma.
Lyons Indian Store
111 S Detroit Ave, Tulsa
Phone: 918-582-6372
Lyon’s Indian Store has been located in downtown Tulsa since 1916.
Offering one of the largest selections of American Indian goods and
Oklahoma souvenirs in Tulsa, Lyon’s Indian Store has been a Tulsa
fixture for over 90 years. Located in the city’s vibrant Blue Dome
District, Lyon’s Indian Store features silver and turquoise Indian
jewelry, t-shirts, moccasins, Native American art, rugs, pottery,
bronze statues, Pendleton blankets, crafts, beads, feathers, gifts
and more.
citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and MaryBeth is enrolled
with the Cherokee Nation. For more information, visit their
Supernaw’s Oklahoma Indian Supply
213 East Rogers Blvd.
Phone: 888-720-1967
Beads and beading supplies, jewelry, hackles, spikes and fluffs,
skins, blankets, sage and cedar - Supernaw’s is the place to find it.
Tiger Gallery
2110 E Shawnee
Tiger Gallery in Muskogee is a family owned and operated business.
The gallery features reprints of the work of Jerome and Dana
Tiger, widely considered major influences in the development of
contemporary Indian art, as well as the works of the rest of the
Tiger family.
*Not all listings are Native American owned
MoonHawk Art, LLC
Muskogee, OK
Original art (paintings/graphics), prints and gift items created by
native artists, John and MaryBeth Timothy. John is an enrolled
Okmulgee Indian
• 2850 D. Wood Drive, Okmulgee •
Monday - Saturday 7am - 7pm | Sunday 10am - 6pm
Yes, we have belts and everything else.
[email protected]
213 East Rogers Blvd., Skiatook
Open at noon 6 days a week
Artesian Hotel
Chickasaw Nation Visitor Center
1001 W 1st St • Sulphur
520 E Arlington • Ada
Bigheart Museum
Chickasaw National Capitol
616 W Main • Barnsdall
Caddo Heritage Museum
Caddo Nation Complex • Binger
Cherokee Heritage Center
411 W 9th • Tishomingo
Choctaw Nation Museum
Council House Road • Tuskahoma
21192 S Keeler Drive • Tahlequah
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Cultural Heritage Center
and Firelake Gifts
Cherokee Strip Museum
1899 N Gordon Cooper • Shawnee
90114th St • Alva
Cheyenne Cultural Center
2250 NE Route 66 • Clinton
Chickasaw Council House Museum
209 N Fisher Ave • Tishomingo
Comanche National Museum and
Cultural Center
701 NW Ferris Ave. • Lawton
Coo-Y-Yah Museum
847 Hwy 69 and S 8th St • Pryor
Delaware County Historical Society
& Mariee Wallace Museum
538 Krause St • Jay
918-253-4345 or 866-253-4345
Fort Gibson Historic Site and
Interpretive Center
907 N Garrison Ave. • Fort Gibson
Fort Sill Historic Landmark and
437 Quanah Rd. • Fort Sill
Fort Washita Historic Site and
3348 State Rd 199 • Durant
Gardner Mission and Museum
Hwy 70 E • Broken Bow
Gilcrease Museum
1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd. • Tulsa
918-596-2700 or 888-655-2278
Indian Memorial Museum
402 E 2nd St. • Broken Bow
John Hair Museum
18627 W Keetoowah Circle
Tahlequah • 918-772-4389
Delaware Tribal Museum
Hwy 281 N • Anadarko
Five Civilized Tribes Museum
1101 Honor Heights Dr • Muskogee
918-683-1701 or 877-587-4237
Choctaw Nation Capitol
Jacobson House Native Art Center
609 Chautauqua • Norman
Kanza Museum
Fred Jones Jr.
Museum of Art
555 Elm Ave. • Norman
Kaw Tribal Complex • Kaw City
580-269-2552 or 866-404-5297
Kiowa Tribal Museum
Seminole Nation Museum
Hwy 9 W • Carnegie • 580-654-2300
524 S Wewoka • Wewoka
Museum of the Great Plains
601 NW Ferris Ave. • Lawton
Museum of the Red River
812 E Lincoln Rd • Idabel
National Cowboy and Western
Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd • Oklahoma City
Oklahoma History Center
2401 N Laird Ave. • Oklahoma City
Osage Tribal Museum, Library and
819 Grandview Ave. • Pawhuska
Permanent Art of the
Oklahoma State Capitol
2300 N Lincoln Blvd. • Oklahoma City
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Rd. • Tulsa
Sequoyah’s Cabin
Rt. 1 Box 141 • Sallisaw
Southern Plains Museum
715 E Central Blvd. • Anadarko
Spiro Mounds
Archaeological Center
18154 1st St. • Spiro
Standing Bear Park, Museum and
Education Center
601 Standing Bear Pkwy • Ponca City
Tahlonteeskee Cherokee
Courthouse Museum
Rt. 2 Box 37-1 • Gore
Talbot Research Library and
500 S. Colcord Ave. • Colcord
Red Earth Museum
6 Santa Fe Plaza
Oklahoma City
Sam Noble Oklahoma
Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave. • Norman
Three Valley Museum
401 W. Main • Durant
Tonkawa Tribal Museum
36 Cisco Dr. • Tonkawa
Standing Bear Museum
Ponca City
Top of Oklahoma Historical Society
303 S. Main
Washita Battlefield National
Historic Site
West of town, Cheyenne
Webbers Falls Historical
Commercial & Main, Webbers Falls
Wheelock Academy
Rt. 2 Box 257-A8 • Garvin
Woolaroc Ranch, Museum
and Wildlife Preserve
1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd.
918-336-0307 or 888-966-5276
Casino Hotel
Golf on Site
Meeting Space
Hair Dryer
Coffee Maker
Hot Tub
(O = Outdoor; I = Indoor)
Swimming Pool
Business Center
Fitness Room
OklahomaTribal Directory
Absentee-Shawnee Tribe 2025 South
Gordon Cooper Shawnee Oklahoma 74801
Phone: 405.275.4030
Tribal Town
101 E. Broadway
Wetumka, Ok. 74883
Phone: 405 452-3987
Apache Tribe of Oklahoma
511 East Colorado Drive
Anadarko, Okla.
Caddo Nation of Oklahoma Hwys. 281 & 152 Intersection
Binger, Okla.
Cherokee Nation
South of Tahlequah, Hwy. 62
Tahlequah, Okla.
Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes
100 Red Moon Circle
Concho, Okla.
Chickasaw Nation
124 East 14th Street
Ada, Okla.
(580) 436-2603
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 529 N. 16th St., Durant, Okla.
Citizen Potawatomi Nation
1601 Gordon Cooper Drive
Shawnee, Okla.
Comanche Nation
584 NW Bingo Rd.
Lawton, Okla.
Delaware (Lenape) Tribe
of Indians
5100 East Tuxedo Blvd.
Bartlesville, Okla.
918- 337-6550
Delaware Nation
31064 State Highway 281
Anadarko, Okla.
Eastern Shawnee Tribe
of Oklahoma
127 Oneida St.
Seneca, Missouri
Fort Sill Apache Tribe
Route 2, Box 121
Apache, Okla.
Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma
RR 1, Box 721
Perkins, OK
Kaw Nation of Oklahoma
698 Grandview Drive
Kaw City, Okla.
Kialegee Tribal Town
623 East Hwy. 9
Wetumka, Okla.
Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma
P.O. Box 70
McLoud, Okla.
Kiowa Indian Tribe
of Oklahoma
Hwy. 9, West of Carnegie
Carnegie, Okla.
Miami Tribe of Oklahoma
202 S. Eight Tribes Trail
Miami, Okla.
Modoc Tribe of Oklahoma
418 G Street Miami, Okla.
Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Hwy. 75 and Loop 56
Okmulgee, Okla.
Osage Nation
813 Grandview
Pawhuska, Okla.
Ottawa Tribe
of Oklahoma
13 S. 69 A
Miami, Okla.
Otoe-Missouria Tribe
8151 Hwy 177
Red Rock, Okla.
Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma
Pawnee, Okla.
Peoria Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma
118 S. Eight Tribes Trail
Miami, Okla.
Ponca Tribe
20 White Eagle Drive
Ponca City, Okla.
Quapaw Tribe of Indians
5681 S. 630 Rd.
Sac and Fox Nation
920883 S. Hwy 99
Stroud, Okla.
Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
Junction Hwys. 270 and 56
P. O. Box 1498, Wewoka, Okla.
Seneca-Cayuga Nation
R2301 E. Steve Owens Blvd.
Miami, Okla.
Shawnee Tribe
29 S. Hwy. 69A
Miami, Okla.
Thlopthlocco Tribal Town 09095 Okemah Street
Okemah, Okla.
Tonkawa Tribe of Indians
1 Rush Buffalo Road
Tonkawa, Okla.
United Keetoowah Band
of Cherokee Indians
PO Box 746
Tahlequah, Okla.
Wichita and Affiliated Tribes
[Wichita, Keechi, Waco, Tawakonie]
Hwy. 281, Anadarko, Okla.
Wyandotte Nation
64700 E. Highway 60
Wyandotte, Okla.

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