Big Sky High School is hosting the 11th annual Honoring Our Youth Powwow this weekend, featuring dancing, games, contests and the crowning of powwow princesses.
The events begin Friday evening at 7 p.m., and continue Saturday at 1 p.m. through the evening. All events are free and open to the public.
There will be several special dances and other events, including the Owl Dance, junior and teen contests, princess interviews and dance competitions, and intertribal dances. Food and games will be provided during the evening.
On Saturday, Grand Entries will be held at both 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday’s events will begin with a welcome and speakers, followed by the honoring of outgoing princesses and the crowning of new princesses.
This year, Chayton and Anthony Walking Child will serve as Head Youth Male Dancers, and Mildus Wilson will serve as Head Youth Female Dancer. Lil Miss Honoring Our Youth Princess Taya LaFromboise will sponsor a Junior Girls Fancy Shawl Special.
A potluck dinner will be held and the final Grand Entry will begin at 7 p.m. After a welcome and recognition of guests, activities will include teen contests, adult men and elder dances, a street clothes team dance, special games and other activities. Food will be available throughout the afternoon and evening. Event winners will be announced at the close of the powwow.
The Honoring Our Youth Powwow began in 2002. It is organized by a large of committee and is the result of numerous donated hours and services from area students, educators, parents and businesses.
The event is sponsored by Missoula County Public Schools Indian Education for All Department, the Human Resources Council, the Missoula Indian Center as well as other contributors.
For more information, call Gisele Forrest at 728-2400, Ext. 1064, or 207-8389, or go to the Honoring Our Youth Powwow Committee page on Facebook.