Sequoyah Schools Announces Date for Graduation Pow Wow
The Sequoyah Schools’ HOPE club will host the annual graduation pow wow on Saturday, May 5 in the school gymnasium.
“The graduation pow wow was a tradition at Sequoyah that got lost along the way,” said Kyla Martinez, Sequoyah Schools’ senior and event coordinator. “The HOPE club decided last year that we wanted to bring it back.”
The pow wow will begin at 2 p.m. with a gourd dance, followed by dinner at 5 p.m., gourd dance at 6 p.m. and grand entry at 7 p.m. Events include tiny toys (under age 6), men’s grass dance, women’s buckskin/cloth, and a special contest where the winner takes all.
Pow-wow head staff includes Kelly Anquoe, as master of ceremonies, Pat Oyebi, head singer, Chuck Bread, head man dancer, Mary Chanate, head lady dancer, Chris Chanate, head gourd dancer, Don Stroud and Cobey Soap, arena directors and the United Keetoowah Band Honor Guard will serve as pow wow honor guard.
Native arts and crafts booths will also be available. Booth space is still available for a $20 rental fee and a prize item.
“This has been a lot of hard work contacting everyone, getting permission, and getting prizes donated, but it is worth it,” Martinez said. “It will be a great occasion for people to interact with other people and for the alumni to come back and see what we’ve accomplished.”
The pow wow is free and is open the public. For more information on the pow wow or to reserve craft booth space contact Tonya Soap, HOPE club sponsor at 918-453-5400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.