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51 years of tradition: Poarch Band of Creek Indians to host annual Thanksgiving Pow Wow

Keeping with a tradition that goes all the way back to 1971, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians will celebrate their 51st Annual Pow Wow at the tribe’s reservation in Atmore, Alabama on November 23 and 24.

Coinciding with Native American Heritage Month, the annual event offers a powerful showcase of the Tribe’s cultural heritage. The Pow Wow draws families, friends, and neighbors together to learn and experience the tribe’s history and culture.

Stephanie Bryan, Tribal Chair of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, said she’s excited for the tradition to continue, and for anyone who wants to be a apart.

“Pow Wow is our biggest event of the year, and one we look forward to celebrating! It is a wonderful opportunity for us to share more about our vibrant culture, rich tradition, as well as our history with those visiting.”

Established in 1971, the event consists of dance competitions, the crowning of Poarch Creek Indian Princesses, crafting, opportunities to buy unique goods from local artisans and vendors, and a chance to sample “festival favorite foods” like buffalo burgers and oakwood fire-roasted corn.

The Atmore tradition is also a unique shopping experience, with local artists and vendors showcasing their crafts and goods. Food offerings include traditional festival foods and a special Thanksgiving dinner featuring turkey and dressing, alongside other favorites like barbeque, roasted corn, buffalo burgers, and fried chicken.

The Pow Wow is open to the public, with a two-day admission of $15, a single-day ticket for $10, and free entry for children under 6. It starts at 10:00 a.m. on both days.

Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.

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