Contest Powwow on tap

The Grand Ronde Tribe’s Contest Powwow attracted 260 Native American dancers to compete for more than $35,000 in prize money in 2014.

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The Grand Ronde Tribe’s Contest Powwow attracted 260 Native American dancers to compete for more than $35,000 in prize money in 2014.



GRAND RONDE — One of the largest powwows in the Pacific Northwest will kick off in Grand Ronde on Friday.

The Grand Ronde Tribe is hosting its annual Contest Powwow at the Uyxat Powwow Grounds, 9390 Highway 22 (Hebo Road), Friday through Sunday.

In 2014, the event attracted 260 Native American dancers to compete for prize money — more than $35,000 total — in 20 categories. New this year, drummers also will be competing for prize money, $20,000 in all.

The Contest Powwow is open to the public, with plenty of space to view the grand entries and dances.

Host drums will be Bad Soul. Registration begins at 5 p.m. on Friday, followed by the first grand entry at 7 p.m. The tribal royalty coronation also will be held Friday night.

On Saturday, activities begin with a parade between the powwow grounds and Fort Yamhill State Park at 10 a.m., followed by Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Dancer registration deadline is at 2 p.m., with another grand entry set for 7 p.m.

A final grand entry will be held Sunday at 1 p.m.

Master of ceremonies will be Fred Hill. Head judge will be Charles Tailfeathers, and Fred Ike Jr. will be the arena director. Sidrick Baker Jr. will be the head drum judge.

Parking is available at the Uyxat Powwow Grounds for $1 or a donation of a can of food. There also will be a shuttle running from Spirit Mountain Casino to the powwow grounds. Camping is available at the powwow grounds for $5.

In addition, there will be numerous food and Native American craft vendors in attendance.

No pets are allowed inside the powwow arena. Also, the powwow is a drug- and alcohol-free event. That includes marijuana, which is illegal on tribally owned grounds.

For more information: 503-879-1920; www.grand

ronde.org.

If You Go …

What: Contest Powwow.

When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Uyxat Powwow Grounds, 9390 Highway 22 (Hebo Road).

Admission: Open to public. Parking $1 or can of food.

For more information: 503-879-1920 or www.grandronde.org.



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