POWWOW TIME AGAIN! Spring Pow Wow Fundraising

by Dr. Robert Soto

I want to thank all of you who attended and participated at our annual powwow in October. The powwow was in Alton Texas once again. The city has opened their doors for us and has been supporting our powwow for the last three years. We had about forty dancers along with the Huisache Creek Singers led by Ruben Soto and Texas Connection led by Eloy Solis, both members of our tribe in good standing. We had so many of our local tribal members attend. If we had a trophy for miles most traveled it would go to Jacob de Groot from the Netherlands again. I want to thank him for his support. We had two Badger Runners this year, Robby Soto and the Annonymous Elder runner (that's she calls herself). Maybe next year I will join the run. LOL, I want to thank them for helping keep our traditions alive. While the powwow is not a tribal tradition, it is an opportunity for our tribal community to come together and celebrate. If you miss this one, our next one will be on March 2, 2024. We always open up our spring powwow with a reception on Friday night for our tribal members and anyone that might want to join us. If you are coming, we ask if you could bring a box of fried chicken and two sides. The reception normally starts at 7 PM. I hope to see you then.

Once again we will be giving Day Money for the first fifty-five dancers that register. Each dancer can receive up to $40 day money, $20 per grand entry. All dancers must be in full Native attire for both grand entries. The first grand entry will be from 1 PM to 4:30 PM and the second grand entry will be from 7 PM to 9:30 PM. Each dancer will receive a number to show that they are registered. Gourd Dancers may register too. They will have to participate in both Gourd Dance sessions in full Gourd Dance attire and make both grand entries unless they are singing at the drum.

We will have special entertainment by Sayani with us again. Sayani is made up of a Jorie and Christie West, a mother and daughter group. They are an award winning duo known for their unique blend of rich, beautiful harmonies. They are from the Cherokee people and all I can say is, they are amazing.

*The pow wow will be held in Alton Texas, about five miles from McAllen and just north of Mission. It will be at the Alton Recreation Center at 349 Dawes Ave in Alton. The city has been generous enough to let us have their beautiful Recreation Center free of charge. This will save us a lot of money.

Order of events:
March 4th
      ◈Doors open for pow wow 10 AM
      ◈1st Gourd Dance 11 AM- 12 PM
      ◈1st Sayani Concert 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
      ◈1st Grand Entry for Dancers 1 PM
      ◈1st Pow Wow Dancing 1 PM to 4:30 PM
      ◈2nd Gourd Dance 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
      ◈2nd Sayani Concert 6:30 PM - 7 PM
      ◈2nd Grand Entry for Dancers 7 PM
      ◈Pow Wow Closing Ceremony 9:30 PM

Our head staff:
      ◈Head Man Dancer....Danny Rodriguez.... Lipan Apache
      ◈Head Lady Dancer.....Daniella Dakota Rodriguez....Lipan Apache
      ◈Head Gourd Dancer......Tom Stone
      ◈Master of Ceremonies....Bob Woolery....Cherokee/Chickasaw
      ◈Arena Director......Reynaldo Leal III.....Lipan Apache
      ◈Host Drum Huisache Creek Singers...Head Singer Ruben Soto...Lipan Apache
      ◈Invited Drum...Texas Connection....Head Singer Eloy Solis...Lipan Apache

How To Donate for the Pow Wow

   ◈ First, through McAllen Grace Brethren Church either through check, money order or through PayPal on MGB Church's SonTree website--http://www.sontree.org/ (write note "for Pow Wow"). Make checks payable to McAllen Grace Brethren Church or McAllen GBC and include on check's note "for pow wow."
      McAllen Grace Brethren Church
      P.O. Box 3751
      McAllen, TX 78501

   ◈ Second, through the Lipan Apache Tribe either through check, money order or through PayPal/Venmo on our Tribe's Dontion webpage--https://www.lipanapache.org/LAT/donate.html (write note "for Pow Wow"). Make checks payable to Lipan Apache Tribe or Lipan Apache Tribe of TX and include on check's note "for pow wow."
      Lipan Apache Tribe
      P.O. Box 5218
      McAllen, TX 78501

Please put the date on your calendar and remember to support our pow wow.

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