Sacred Springs Powwow celebrates Native American culture
A 32-foot teepee, earth ovens and Comanche Nation dancers will be highlighted at the 2013 Sacred Springs Powwow that celebrates the Native American culture that has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years.
The powwow is set for Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Aquarena Center.
A powwow is a festival celebrating Native American culture with drums, dancers dressed in phenomenal regalia, and Native foods, arts and crafts.
The Sacred Springs Powwow is in its third year of production and is sponsored by local nonprofit Indigenous Cultures Institute. The event is funded by the San Marcos Arts Commission, the Tomblin Family Foundation, Hays County Commissioner of Precinct 1 Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe, Texas State University, Austin Friends of Folk Art, and Humanities Texas.
San Marcos first experienced a powwow in 1995 when the Lucky Tomblin family brought Kiowa and other indigenous people to the area.
This year, the Institute is featuring new additions to the powwow, one of which is an artifacts exhibit and presentations inside a 32-foot teepee. Gary Perez, the Institute’s Director of Sacred Sites Programs, will lecture on the ancient “White Shaman” rock art painting that depicts the creation story of the Coahuiltecan people who believe that the San Marcos springs is their origination site.
“The Coahuiltecans were ancestors of many Texans that identify as Mexican American,” says Dr. Mario Garza, Institute board chair. “The 4,000-year-old White Shaman panel tells the story of how we traveled through the underworld to emerge here in Spring Lake, through our Sacred Springs.”
Another new addition is a series of earth oven demonstrations sponsored by the Texas State University Center for Archaeological Studies and the Experimental Archaeology Club of the Department of Anthropology.
More than 10,000 years ago, people cooked with fire-heated stones and earth ovens to process insulin-rich geophytes like camas and wild onions. But these age-old cooking techniques are poorly understood and experimental demonstrations help scholars to reconstruct cooking-related activities of the ancients. The public is invited to view the students as they uncover food that has cooked overnight.
Also, members of the Chibitty Comanche family from Oklahoma will be in attendance.
“Leonard and Rosemary Chibitty are coming for the earth ovens and Leonard will be our Head Gourd Dancer at the powwow,” says Dr. Garza. “He’s bringing his family and hopefully will perform an Eagle Dance for us in honor of our Eagle and Condor prophecy.”
More than one hundred Native American dancers and arts vendors are expected at the powwow this year. Indigenous food booths will also be available with fry bread, buffalo tacos, turkey legs, and other Native foods. The powwow will open with the traditional blessing by the sacred springs conducted by Native American elders at 10 a.m.
The Institute hopes to make the Sacred Springs Powwow one of the “signature events of San Marcos,” in honor of the Spring Lake area which is recognized as one the oldest, continuously inhabited sites in North America and a sacred site to many Native Americans.
For more information call (512) 393-3310 or visit www.IndigenousCultures.org.
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