Thread: Societies
View Single Post
Old 08-27-2007, 10:55 PM   #43
Josiah
Powwow Dude
 
Josiah's Avatar
 
Items DevilUser Name Style ChangeUser Title Style Change
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Josiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond repute
Josiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond reputeJosiah has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Center of the Universe: Oklahoma
Posts: 7,097
Blog Entries: 4
Credits: 0.00
Savings: 0.00
Second Annual Gourd Dance Set For Ponca Tribal Cultural Center
WHITE EAGLE — Members of the Ponca Gourd Dance Society are preparing for their second annual gourd dance to be held Saturday at the Ponca Tribal Cultural Center. Participants from across Oklahoma and from as far away as California are anticipated to be in attendance.

The Ponca Gourd Dance Society is in its second year of reactivation following a period of inactivity after originally being started in the late 1950s and 1960s. In those early days, a certain few members of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma traveled to Lawton.

These men were inducted into the Oklahoma Tiah-Piah Society by Nelson Big Bow, a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, thereby giving sanction to the Ponca tribe to perform the gourd dance. Over the past two years, descendants of those original members have worked to revive the Ponca Gourd Dance Society.

At last year’s very successful inaugural gourd dance, Big Bow, then 82 years of age, was in attendance as an honored guest. Leonard Cozad Jr., also a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, conducted ceremonies renewing the sanction of this previously given right and privilege. As a special gift, Cozad composed and presented to the society a special ceremonial song.

The Ponca Gourd Dance Society is honored for this year’s activities to be co-hosted by the Comanche Little Pony Society from the Lawton area. The Little Pony Society (“Teh Da Puku Nu”) is said to have been established by the Quahada band of Comanche a few centuries ago, its membership originally composed of warriors and medicine people. It continues as a warrior society today.

The Ponca Nation and the Comanche Nation have shared dance and song from the times of their first meeting. Some stories say the Comanche gave the Ponca their first horses, and that this action and other contacts between them established a long-lasting friendship and exchange of dance and song. The Ponca have shared the war dance (“Hethuska”) and songs with the Comanche. These special relationships continue today.

This year’s special honored guest will be Franklin Fireshaker from Ojai, Calif. An internationally known artist with paintings in many fine museums, including the Gilcrease Museum here in Oklahoma, and in private collections in Europe, Fireshaker is a respected elder of the Ponca Nation.

Serving in head staff positions include head singer, Leonard Cozad Jr. (Kiowa); head gourd dancer, Jim Roughface (Ponca); head lady dancer, Charisse Satepauhoodle (Kiowa/Osage); MC, the Rev. Thomas Roughface (Ponca); arena director, Kirby Feathers (Ponca); and water carrier, Danny Lee Page (Ponca).

Membership in the Ponca Gourd Dance Society is open to members of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma of all ages who participate in the gourd dance and also with other Native American and non-Indian gourd dancers associated with the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. The Ponca Gourd Dance Society has extended a hearty welcome and invitation to all other gourd dance organizations, community members and all visitors to come, enjoy and be a part of this celebration.

Doors of the Ponca Tribal Cultural Center will open at noon on Saturday with the afternoon gourd dance starting promptly at 2 p.m. An evening supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. to all in attendance. People are requested to bring their own table service and chairs. Evening activities will resume at 7 p.m. The Ponca Tribal Cultural Center is located 51Ž2 miles south of Ponca City, just west of U.S. 177 in the Ponca tribal community of White Eagle.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Copyrightę Ponca City News, 1998






I am always fascinated when I find tidbits of information and when I can find cross references to certain facts
IN this case it says the Oklahoma Tia-Piah sanctioned the Ponca Gourd Dance Society and also the year (1997)
__________________
ᎠᏂᎩᏚᏩᎩ - Anigiduwagi
Till I Die!

Last edited by Josiah; 08-27-2007 at 10:57 PM..
Josiah is offline   Reply With Quote Share with Facebook