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tickets2017 Sacred

Springs Powwow


aztecsFor 2017 the Sacred Springs Powwow will be a TWO-DAY event in October with a powwow-preview at the September Mermaid Week SMTX event.

Sunday, September 17th: For the grand finale of Mermaid Week SMTX 2017, we will host a Powwow Preview, Condor Danza, an extravaganza of Aztec danza featuring Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli from Dallas, Texas. The matinee show will include a special appearance by the Indigenous Arts Summer Camp students, a silent auction with Native art pieces, meal tickets to local restaurants, jewelry, dolls, and many more beautiful indigenous treasures. This pre-show will be part of the Mermaid Week SMTX festival, scheduled for September 2017.

t-shirtSaturday, October 14th: On Saturday, October 14th, we'll have the all-day festival with all of the special activities of the annual Sacred Springs Powwow.

We're expecting over 100 Native dancers, competitions for best dancers, an Indian Market with 50 arts, crafts, and food booths, two outstanding powwow drum groups, and our Native Culture Tent.

The "Native Culture Tent" will feature flute players, storytellers, and White Shaman Panel presentations, and provide performances throughout the day.

Sunday, October 15th: Special competitions continue with crowds cheering for their favorite dancer. Prizes awarded for first, second, and third places.

Experience the 2017 Sacred Springs Powwow that celebrates the Native American culture that has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years.

PHOTO ABOVE: 2016 Powwow t-shirt design by Arnulfo Pena.

 

SPONSORS

Our sponsors this year are: San Marcos Arts Commission, City of San Marcos, Tomblin Family Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, Texas State University, Affordable Golf Carts. Our special co-sponsors are the Texas State University's Hispanic Business Student Association, Signma Lambda Beta, and Sigma Lambda Gamma - outstanding student organizations.

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Powwow Schedule               


Saturday, October 14th | 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM

 
  SACRED SPRINGS POWWOW
ARENA TENT
NATIVE CULTURE TENT

10:00        

Blessing at the shores of the Sacred Springs conducted by Dr. Mario Garza and elders of our community.  

 Blessing at another area (see left)

11:00

Gourd Dancers

Andean Fusion – Peruvian music

11:30

Gourd Dancers

Summer Camp Youth

12:00

Grand Entry of all Native dancers in regalia

Grand Entry - Arena Tent

12:30

Special contest: Youth & Tiny Tots

Juan Saldana – N.A. flute

1:00

Honor Dance for Tomblin Family

Cuicani In Xochitl - Music

1:30

 

Andean Fusion – Peruvian music

2:00

2:15 Aztec Danzantes tribute to Youth

Luis Aguilar– White Shaman Panel

2:30

Aztec Danzantes continue to 3:00

Juan Saldana - N.A. flute

3:00

Powwow Dance Contests

Emma Ortega – Storyteller

3:30

Powwow Dance Contests

Aaron Pyle – Flute music

4:00

Powwow Dance Contests

Andean Fusion – Peruvian music

4:30

Powwow Dance Contests

Luis Aguilar – White Shaman

5:00

 

 

5:30 

Contest Winners Announced

 

6:00

Closing Prayer.      Shuttle trolleys will accommodate everyone at closing.


Sunday, October 15th | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 
  SACRED SPRINGS POWWOW
ARENA TENT
NATIVE CULTURE TENT

11:00

Gourd Dancers

Andean Fusion – Peruvian music

11:30

Gourd Dancers

Luis Agular - Ancient artifacts

12:00

Grand Entry of all Native dancers in regalia

Grand Entry - Arena Tent

12:30

To be updated when schedule is

Juan Saldana – N.A. flute

1:00

completed in 2017

Cuicani In Xochitl - Music

1:30

 

Andean Fusion – Peruvian music

2:00

 

Luis Aguilar– White Shaman Panel

2:30

 

Juan Saldana - N.A. flute

3:00

Powwow Dance Contests

Emma Ortega – Storyteller

3:30

Powwow Dance Contests

Aaron Pyle – Flute music

4:00

 Honor Dance for Powwow Committee

 

4:30

 Dance Contests Winners announed

 

5:00

Closing Prayer.      Shuttle trolleys will accommodate everyone at closing.

 

Native Culture Tent

This year, the Institute is featuring a special tent for Native American perormances, lectures, and presentations.

We will feature Luis Aguilar, the institute's Director of Sacred Sites Programs, who will present information 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.”

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, roaster corn, turkey legs, and other Native foods.  The powwow will open at 10:00 AM with the traditional blessing by the sacred springs conducted by Native American elders. 

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Photo by Paul Collins

Sacred Springs Powwow logo

Sunday, September 2017
MERMAID WEEK SMTX 2017
Condor Danza-Pre Powwow Show
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cuauhtemoc Hall | 1100 Patton Street
Admission: Adults/$10.00
Children under 12 years FREE

SAT/SUN OCT 14-15, 2017
Sacred Springs Powwow
Saturday - 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sat. Admission: Adults/$5
Sunday - 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun. Admission: Adults/$5
Two-Day Pass: Adults/$8
Children under 12 years FREE

Meadows Center | 201 San Marcos Sprgs. Dr.
Admission: Get your early tickets
Children under 12 years FREE
For Map, CLICK HERE

Head Staff:

Southern Drum - Comanche Thunder
Host Northern Drum - Eagle Point Singers
- Cedar Park, TX
Master of Ceremonies - Tim Tall Chief (Osage)
Arena Director - Bill Takes Horse (Crow) -
Colbert, OK
Head Man Dancer - David Hoskins (Kituwah) - Leander, TX
Head Lady Dancer - Lorene Yellowfish Guerrero (Comanche)
Head Gourd Dancer - Orvie Longhorn (Kiowa)
Head Contest Judge - Gwen Takes Horse (Crow) - Colbert, OK

Directions, Map, Parking, and Shuttles

For a map and directions, CLICK HERE.

Parking will be available in the parking lots on both sides of Bobcat Stadium. There will be signs for shuttle pick-up points at the covered waiting area of both parking lots. The shuttles will run continuously from 9:30 until 6:30.

What's a powwow?

A powwow is a festival celebrating Native American culture with drums, dancers dressed in phenomenal regalia, and Native foods, arts and crafts. 

San Marcos first experienced a powwow in 1995 when the Lucky Tomblin family brought Kiowa and other indigenous people to the area.  The Sacred Springs Powwow is in its fifth year of production and is sponsored by local nonprofit Indigenous Cultures Institute. 

Emma Ortega,
featured storyteller in Native Culture Tent.

The event is funded by the San Marcos Arts Commission, the Tomblin Family Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District.

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 of the oldest, continuously inhabited sites in North America and a sacred site to many Native Americans.