138th Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment July 18-21
RED ROCK, Okla.--On Thursday, July 18th the Otoe-Missouria people will gather at their historic powwow grounds in Red Rock, Oklahoma for the 138th Annual Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment July 18-21.
This four-day powwow draws large crowds to the small north central Oklahoma reservation located 27 miles north of Stillwater. It is the largest gathering of Otoe-Missouria tribal members and descendants and one that many people look forward to with anticipation.
This year’s powwow will include the Mourners Dinner on Wednesday evening at the powwow arena. The Mourners Dinner is a meal shared by tribal members who are in mourning and will not be participating in the powwow while they mourn for a year after losing a loved one.
Following the Mourners Dinner, there will be a handgame at the arena.
Thursday, July 18th the 2019 Otoe-Missouria Tribal Princess Kennetha Butler will be crowned at the arena. She will serve as a tribal ambassador for one year while she travels throughout the United States.
For the young and young at heart, there are several events planned during the encampment. On Friday, July 19 the Worį Hiwegra' thuwe Ki "Remembering our Relatives" 2 mile WalkRun begins at 8 a.m. at the 7 Clans Gasino in Red Rock.
Saturday, July 20. The day kicks off with the Nimaha Unange Mud Run at 8 a.m. behind the 7 Clans Paradise Casino in Red Rock. The Horseshoe Tournament starts at 10 a.m. at the campgrounds. Kid’s games, elder’s games and turtle races are scheduled at 10 a.m. at the powwow arena.
There will be Gourd dancing beginning at 2 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Contest and social dances are scheduled Friday through Sunday evening with Grand Entry each night at 7 p.m.
Although he has decades of experience, this is only the second year that Encampment Committee Chairman Donnie Childs will oversee the entire event. Childs and his committee welcome everyone to attend this year’s Otoe-Missouria Summer Encampment.
“The encampment committee would like to welcome all relatives and guest to come dance, sing and eat with us,” Childs says. “My committee and I have prepared and worked hard all year to bring this moment to fruition and we hope we can give everyone a week of celebration that they will remember for years to come.”
Then Otoe-Missouria Encampment Grounds are located south of 7 Clans Paradise Casino, 7500 HWY 177, Red Rock, OK 74651. A schedule of events and dance categories is available online at https://www.omtribe.org/who-we-are-culture-encampment. Follow the committee on Facebook @OtoeMissouriaEncampment.