Louisiana Indian Heritage Association’s 48th annual Fall Powwow will be from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Arena B of the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales.

This is an alcohol- and drug-free event, and no ice chests are allowed, organizers said. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and older. Children younger than 12 are admitted free with paid adult.

A Native American powwow is a cultural festival celebrating Native American traditions. It is both an educational and entertaining activity that can be experienced by families and individuals of all ages, a release from the Louisiana Indian Heritage Association said.

The powwow will feature Native American music, dancing, food and vendors offering authentic crafts. Demonstrators will show how traditional Native American baskets are made, as well as various beading techniques. A flint knapper also will demonstrate his skills, the release said.

LIHA, a state-chartered, nonprofit organization, is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of high-quality Native American dancing, singing, arts and crafts, the release said. The LIHA powwow provides the local Native American community the opportunity to showcase traditions and invites the public to learn about and enjoy those traditions, too. For information, contact Joe Milam at (504) 837-6085.

LIHA Fall Powwow Tentative Schedule



29 a.m.: flag raising (in arena)

10 a.m.: doors open to public

Noon-1 p.m.: gourd dancing

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: demonstrations around the arena, including bead work and cane work

1 p.m.-5 p.m.: grand entry — powwow dancing

5 p.m.: supper break hosted by the Richard Family

6 p.m.-7 p.m.: gourd dancing

7 p.m.: grand entry — powwow dancing, head man special, closing flag song and lowering of the colors



29 a.m.: flag raising (arena)

9 a.m.: LIHA annual membership meeting, election of officers

10 a.m.: doors open to public

11 a.m.–noon: gourd dancing

11 a.m.-1 p.m.: demonstrations

1 p.m.: grand entry — powwow dancing, head lady special, crowning of LIHA princess, committee special

5 p.m.: closing flag song