On November 9, 2019, The Natchitoches Tribe of Louisiana celebrated their 2nd annual Powwow in Natchitoches, La at Fort Jean Baptiste. Members of the tribe traveled from all over to attend this event and invited the public to attend and learn about The Natchitoches Tribe and local history. The person who traveled the farthest to attend the event was Council Chief, Clement Lagouarde, who came from Paris, France. Visitors were treated to a reenactment put on by the Fort Jean Baptiste staff, live Native American Drumming and Singing, Native American Dance styles, Native American Storytelling, Artifact Dig and head band making. There were various food vendors and craft vendors. They had over 389 visitors not including artists, special guests, vendors and fort staff in attendance. The Red River High School JROTC program, lead by Col. Dufield and MS-Sgt Bunton from Coushatta LA, came and volunteered for the event. The LA Army National Guard sent Sgt. Lapoint and Sgt. Bailey to help and furnished tents for the tribe and performers. Specialty Rehab sent nurses, Laura Keith RN and Victoria Buswell LPN, to help with a medic station.
Guests were entertained by The AC Woodlands Singers and Drummers. Whose members include Cody Castillo (Coushatta Tribe), Delbert Johnson and his brother Herbert Johnson “Chickdog” (Alabama-Coushatta tribe). Roland Thompson was also the Arena Director and comes from the Coushatta Tribe. Missy Thompson, the Master of Ceremonies, is from the Chickasaw tribe.
The Canneci N’de Band of Lipan Apache treated guests to dance demonstrations and invited visitors to come in as they had them participate in different dances. Members included Chief Cougar Goodbear, Louann Moses, Mary Lee Winn, Alfreda Mathieu, and Edgar Bush. They come from St. Martin Parish.
The Choctaw-Apache Tribe’s members were Head Staff for this event. They included Head Man: Bo Clemmons, Head Lady: Kallie Walraven, Head Gourd Dancer: John Walraven, Head Boy: Keagan Ebarb, Head Girl: Raelyn Walraven. The Choctaw-Apache Rising Sun Youth Group also did dance demonstrations for the visitors. These guys love doing this and do it for those who can’t anymore.
The Natchitoches Tribe’s Clement Lagouarde also did a dance demonstration for visitors. Alexandria Brown performed for the first time for the crowd, doing both Southern Cloth and Fancy Shaw (with her friend Thea ‘Laroux’ Carheel Choctaw-Apache tribe) for visitors. Audricka Young from the Natchitoches Tribe along with Jurae Leatherman-Hunter from the Seminole Nation entertained kids with Native American Storytelling.
The Natchitoches Tribe is humbled and honored by the support and donations from the community and other nations, as they try to bring back their culture to the Natchitoches Parish area. They would like to thank everyone for their support of this event.