Siletz will be alive with drumming and dancing this weekend as Tribal nations from across the Pacific Northwest celebrate the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow.
Hosted by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the family-friendly event runs from Friday, Aug. 11, through Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds.
“Everyone is invited to experience our pow-wow and learn about American Indian culture and dance,” said Buddy Lane, Tribal cultural education director and pow-wow coordinator. “Come join us at our annual celebration.”
The celebration will start at 6 pm on Friday, Aug. 11, with the crowning of the Siletz Royalty. All dance styles will enter the arena at 7 pm during the first Grand Entry, followed by a number of non-competitive dances in which the public can participate.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, a hometown parade will wind its way through downtown Siletz starting at 10 am and featuring everything from Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, equestrian units, vintage cars and floats.
Registration forms for the parade are available on the Tribe’s website, ctsi.nsn.us, at the Tribal administration building, 201 SE Swan Avenue in Siletz, or by contacting Lane at 541-444-8230 or 800-922-1399, ext. 1230.
Registration also is available the morning of the parade at 8 am at the Tribal administration building, with judging beginning at 9 am.
The parade will be followed by a Grand Entry at 1 pm at the pow-wow grounds and competition dancing for youth and teens throughout the afternoon. Competition dancing continues after the 7 pm Grand Entry, with Golden Age and adult categories and the finals for youth and teens.
On Sunday, Aug. 13, there will be a final Grand Entry at noon, ending with awards for the Golden Age, adult, teen and youth category winners.
A variety of food and Native arts and crafts and jewelry will be offered for sale by more than 50 vendors on the pow-wow grounds.
“Many facets of indigenous America are represented both in craft and food,” Lane said. “There’s a lot to look at and experience, there’s something for everyone here.”
Parking is extremely limited at the pow-wow grounds but a free shuttle will be available from various parking lots in Siletz to the pow-wow on Government Hill.
Admission to the pow-wow is free. Throughout the event, an announcer will explain the significance of the various dances and when photography is permitted.
Friday, Aug. 11
6 pm – Royalty Crowning
7 pm – Grand Entry
Saturday, Aug. 12
10 am – Parade
1 pm and 7 pm – Grand Entry
Sunday, Aug. 13
Noon – Grand Entry