Many different Tribal nations will be represented at the annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow on Aug. 9-11, in Siletz. It’s held by the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians. The public is invited to attend this family-friendly event, a tradition for the Siletz people and other American Indians.
All events, except the parade, take place at the Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow-Wow Grounds on Government Hill in Siletz.
“I would like to extend an open invitation to the surrounding communities to come and experience the Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow. Come enjoy and learn about the Native American culture and dance that will be on display at our annual event on Aug. 9-11 up on Government Hill in Siletz. Come and be part of our annual celebration,” said Buddy Lane, Tribal cultural education director.
The celebration will start with the crowning of the 2013-2014 Siletz Royalty on Friday, Aug. 9, at 6 p.m. All dance styles will enter the arena at 7 p.m. during the first Grand Entry. Dances in which the public can participate that are non-competitive will follow the Grand Entry.
A parade winds through downtown Siletz at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10. This hometown event includes Tribal royalty, drummers, dancers, equestrian units, vintage cars and floats.
Pre-registration is available by accessing a registration form on the Tribe’s website – ctsi.nsn.us; picking one up at the Tribal administration building, 201 SE Swan Ave. in Siletz; or by contacting Lane at 541-444-8230 or 800-922-1399, ext. 1230.
Registration also is available the morning of the parade at 8 a.m. at the Tribal administration building. If you are not registered by 9 a.m., you cannot take part in the judging, which starts at 9 a.m. You can, however, still participate in the parade.
The parade is followed by a Grand Entry at 1 p.m. at the pow-wow grounds. Competition dancing for youth and teens takes place in the afternoon. Competition dancing continues after the 7 p.m. Grand Entry with Golden Age and adult categories and the finals for youth and teens.
On Sunday, Aug. 11, the final day of the pow-wow, a Grand Entry takes place at noon. This session will end with awards for the Golden Age, adult, teen and youth category winners. Prizes range from $25 to $500.
A variety of food and Native arts and crafts and jewelry will be offered for sale by more than 60 vendors on the pow-wow grounds.
“We encourage everyone to come out and see the variety of vendors at our annual Nesika Illahee Pow-Wow. Many of the facets of indigenous America are represented at our annual event both in craft and food. We have a flavor sure to please every food connoisseur,” said Lane. “There is something for everyone here.”
A free shuttle will be available from various parking lots in Siletz to the pow-wow on Government Hill. Signs will be posted. Parking is extremely limited at the pow-wow grounds, which makes the shuttle the best way to get there.
This alcohol- and drug-free event is free. Listen carefully to the pow-wow announcer, who will tell you when you can and when you should not take photos. The announcer also will explain the significance of the events taking place in the dance arena throughout the pow-wow.
Friday, Aug. 9
6 p.m. – Royalty Crowning
7 p.m. – Grand Entry
Saturday, Aug. 10
10 a.m. – Parade
1 p.m. and 7 p.m. – Grand Entry
Sunday, Aug. 11
Noon – Grand Entry