The Poarch Band of Creek Indians will once again celebrate one of its unique, enduring Thanksgiving traditions with its annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the annual …
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians will once again celebrate one of its unique, enduring Thanksgiving traditions with its annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow.
This year marks the 51st anniversary of the annual Pow Wow, which got its start in 1971 as a homecoming celebration for Tribal members. Defined by its tradition of sharing, the tribe extended invitations to friends and neighbors and the event grew rapidly. Today, a half-century later, the Poarch Pow Wow has become a tradition for thousands of Alabama families as well as visitors from across America.
The two-day event packs in plenty of family-friendly activities for all ages. One of the events most popular with visitors is the dance competition where Native Americans from over 20 Tribal Nations across the United States perform indigenous dances in authentic regalia. Both entertaining and educational, the dance competitions feature four age categories and several different styles of dance.
Another highlight is the annual crowning of the Poarch Creek Indian Princesses. Once crowned, princesses will serve as ambassadors of the tribe throughout the year at public events as well as tribal gatherings across the U.S.
In addition to the main performances, visitors can find unique crafts and goods at the many vendor booths including handmade items by tribal artisans. Guests can also enjoy an array of food ranging from traditional home-cooked barbecue and buffalo burgers to fire-roasted corn.
The Annual Thanksgiving Day Pow Wow at the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation takes place Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23, and Friday, Nov. 24. The events begin at 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $10 per person ages 7 and older. Children ages 6 and under are free. For more information, visit www.pci-nsn.gov.