The Tunica-Biloxi tribe welcomes the The Grayhawk Band from New Orleans to perform at the 17th annual Pow Wow celebration on Saturday, May 19th at 11:00am and 6:15pm. The celebration takes place at the Chief Joseph “Alcide” Pierite Pow Wow Grounds on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville on May 18th through 20th. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana and Paragon Casino Resort will host the cultural festivities, filled with authentic food, arts and crafts, dancing, singing and more.
The Grayhawk Band from New Orleans is a four-piece combo that offers a unique blend of original blues, funk and jazz fused with tribal rhythms/themes that create a style of “tribal funk” all of their own. The Grayhawk Band has performed at many Louisiana music events such as the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, International Fest and Bayou Boogaloo to name a few. Grayhawk Perkins, a New Orleans-born Native American (Choctaw and Houma Indian) is a well known cultural figure in Louisiana. In addition to performing music, he is also an educator, historian, ‘tribal storyteller’ and recognized as an expert on Native American and American Colonial history.
Hawk Henries, a member of the Chabuna-gungamaug band of the Nipmunk nation, is not only an accomplished musician, but a crafted artisan that makes eastern woodland flutes by hand. Each flute he creates in made from a single piece of wood only using hand tools and fire. He often teaches the art of flute making with adults and children. Henries is returning to Pow Wow again this year with his hand crafted wooden flutes and will perform Friday, May 18th at 6:30pm and Saturday, May 19th at 5:30pm at the Pow Wow grounds..
Pow Wow is open to the general public and daily admission is $5.00. The fee for children 5 and younger is $2.00. Spectators will be treated to other performances by flutist, Hawk Henries and the Tunica-Biloxi Legend Keepers. Over 40 food and crafts will also be available for guests. Parking is available near the Pow Wow grounds and at Paragon Casino Resort.
Be sure to schedule some time to visit the new Cultural & Educational Resources Center that houses the Tunica-Biloxi Museum. The brand new 40,000 square foot museum will house the largest collection of European and Native American artifacts from the Colonial period. The museum will have Tunica Treasures artifacts on display and will also house traveling exhibits in the future. Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm. Admission prices are: Adults $5.00, Children (9-12) $3.00, Children (8-under) free with purchase of adult admission, Seniors (65 +) or Military (with ID) $4.00, Members of CERC Free.
For more information about the Tunica-Biloxi Pow Wow, please visit www.tunicapowwow.org or call (800) 946-1946 extension 2016.