The annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow will see dancers and dignitaries from many Tribal nations descend upon the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds in Siletz from Friday, Aug. 10, to Sunday, Aug. 12.
The celebration, organized by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, will start at 6 pm on Friday with the crowning of this year’s Siletz Royalty, followed by the first Grand Entry at 7 pm, which will see all dance styles enter the arena. After the Grand Entry, the public can join in the non-competitive dancing.
“I invite the surrounding communities 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.”
On Saturday, starting at 10 am, a parade will make its way through downtown Siletz, featuring Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, equestrian units, vintage cars and floats.
Parade registration forms are available on the Tribe’s website, ctsi.nsn.us, the Tribal administration building at 201 SE Swan Avenue in Siletz, or by contacting Lane at 541-444-8230 or 800-992-1399 ext:1230.
Participants can also register on the morning of the parade at 8 am at the Tribal administration building. People who register after 9 am can still participate in the parade but cannot take part in the judging.
The parade will lead up to a Grand Entry at the pow-wow grounds at 1 pm, followed by an afternoon of competition dancing for youth and teens. Competition dancing will continue after the 7 pm Grand Entry with Golden Age and adult categories and the finals for youth and teens.
On Sunday, Aug. 12, the final day of the pow-wow, a Grand Entry will take place at noon. This session will end with awards for the Golden Age, adult, teen and youth category winners. Prizes range from $25 to $600.
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.
“We encourage everyone to come and see the variety of vendors at our annual summer pow-wow,” Lane said. “Many facets of indigenous America are represented both in craft and food. There’s something for everyone here.”
A free shuttle will be available from various parking lots in Siletz to the pow-wow on Government Hill. Signs will be posted. Parking is extremely limited at the pow-wow grounds, so the shuttle is the best way to get there.
This alcohol- and drug-free event is free. Guests should listen carefully to the pow-wow announcer, who will tell people when it is ok to take photos. The announcer will also explain the significance of the events taking place in the dance arena throughout the pow-wow.
Friday, Aug. 10
6 pm – Royalty Crowning
7 pm – Grand Entry
Saturday, Aug. 11
10 am – Parade
1 and 7 pm – Grand Entry
Sunday, Aug. 12
Noon – Grand Entry