, 2023-01-10 16:30:49,
A pumpkin dance during the Texas Indian Heritage Association’s 64th annual powwow in 2022 at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center in Llano. The 2023 powwow is January 28 at Downtown, 2200 RR 152 West. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography
He Texas Indian Heritage Association hosts its 65th annual winter powwow on January 28 at the John L. Kuykendall Event Center and Arena, 2200 RR 152 West in Llano. It is open and free to the public and non-members.
TIHA members will hold their traditional business meeting and host a plated dinner, vendors will sell native heritage items and the day will culminate in a series of traditional dances and ceremonies. Visitors are encouraged to join in the festivities, though the business meeting and dinner are for members.
“Our goal is to celebrate Native American culture and get other people interested in it,” said TIHA President Peter J. Durkin. “It’s also like a family reunion, seeing your friends and family you haven’t seen in months.”
Durkin said the centerpiece of the powwow will be a Kiowa and Comanche-style pumpkin dance at 6:30 pm in the arena. The dance was originally performed by warriors from the Southern Plains tribes, but was banned in the 1890s and all but erased from history in the 1930s. The modern Kiowa tribe revitalized the practice in the 1950s, and it has since spread to powwows across the country. This is still a “warrior” dance, and as such, it is…
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