MPB’s community engagement team attended the 30th Annual Natchez Powwow at the Grand Village of the Natchez Indians in Natchez, Mississippi on March 24 – 25. A long standing tradition in the Natchez area, the powwow strengthens the bonds between Native Americans and others as well as celebrate the rich legacy of the Natchez Indians.
Many Native American tribes are presented at Natchez powwow including Comanche, Choctaw, Kiowa, Natchez, Otoe and Pawnee and many more. Powwow participants camped overnight on the grounds of the Grand Village of Natchez Indians. A traditional stickball game took place on Saturday, March 24.
The Natchez Powwow is not a competition event. It is an occasion for native and non-native dancers and singers to enjoy and share in all the activities. The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is administered by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The MPB crew visited with powwow participants and guests from all over the U.S. and some European countries. Visitors were from Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, and Oklahoma. A family from France were also in attendance as they made Natchez a stopping point on their cross country tour of the United States. Everyone stopping by the MPB booth walked away with fun MPB giveaways!
Visit the Grand Village of Natchez Indians for more information.