Media Advisory

Posted: Thursday, 20 October 2016

Ma-Chis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama Pow Wow

Oct. 21-22 Troy Campus Intramural Fields (near Trojan Arena): The Ma-Chis (pronounced MA-shown) Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama will conduct its annual Pow Wow adjacent to Trojan Arena over the weekend. The event is open for coverage, and school children from around the state will be in attendance during the day on Friday.

To confirm your organization's coverage of this event, contact Clif Lusk via email to clusk@troy.edu.

A schedule of events follows:

Ma-Chis
Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Alabama
POW WOW
Troy University (Intramural Fields on McKinley Drive)
October 21-22, 2016

A Pow Wow is a social gathering held by many different Native American communities. The word derives from the Narragansett word powwaw, meaning "spiritual leader." A similar gathering by California Native Peoples, usually held in the fall, is called a Big Time. A modern Pow Wow is a specific type of event for Native American/First Nations people to meet and dance, sing, socialize, and honor their cultures. Our Pow Wow is held to educate others about the Creek heritage and culture. There is generally a dancing competition, often with significant prize money awarded. Pow Wows vary in length from a one-day event to major Pow Wows called for a special occasion, which can be up to one week long. You may record and take pictures anytime except during the following: Flag Song, Veteran's Song, or when the Master of Ceremony instructs you not to take pictures or record. If you wish a picture of a dancer or vendor, always ask first.

Friday Schedule

  • 8:30 - Gates Open
  • 8:45 - Welcome
  • 8:50 - Demonstrations, Educational Stations and Children Activities
  • 10:00 - Lunding Bear presentation on Anti-Drug Prevention (each student will give a small gift from this presenter)
  • 10:15 - Lowery Begay Hoop Dance Presentations
  • 10:30 - Intertribal dancing including candy dance for the students
  • 11:00 - Lunch and Ryan Little Eagle Concert
  • 12:00 - Demonstrations, Educational Stations and Children Activities
  • 1:00 - Lunding Bear presentation on Anti-Drug Prevention (each student will give a small gift from this presenter)
  • 1:15 - Lowery Begay Hoop Dance Presentations
  • 1:30 - Intertribal dancing including candy dance for students
  • 2:00 - Ryan Little Eagle Concert
  • 3:00 - Competition Dancing
  • 5:00 - Dinner
  • 6:00 - Posting of Colors

Saturday Schedule

  • 8:30 - Gates Open
  • 8:45 - Welcome
  • 8:50 - Demonstrations, Educational Stations and Children Activites Will be open all day
  • 10:00 - Lunding Bear presentation on Anti-Drug Prevention (each student will give a small gift from this presenter)
  • 10:15 - Lowery Begay Hoop Dance Presentations
  • 10:30 - Intertribal dancing including candy dance for the students
  • 11:00 - Lunch and Ryan Little Eagle Concert
  • 12:00 - Grand Entry Announcement of Awards for Essay and Art Contest
  • 1:00 - Intertribal dancing
  • 2:00 - Competition Dancing
  • 5:00 - Gifting
  • 5:45 - Retirement of the colors Closing of the pow wow
  • 6:00 - Dinner

Troy University's Merit Badge University

Saturday, Oct. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m./Troy Campus: About 200 Scouts and Scouters will participate in Troy University's Merit Badge University. Scouts come for a one-day intensive where a merit badge is earned or substantially completed. In all, 15 merit badges are offered, plus four specialized training courses.

The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. in Sartain Hall. Classes are conducted in various buildings on campus by faculty, staff and volunteers.

Media wishing to cover this event should contact Clif Lusk via cell at 334-268-9982 on Saturday, or via email prior to Saturday at clusk@troy.edu.