142 year powwow tradition continues in Quapaw, OK - KOAM TV 7

142 year powwow tradition continues in Quapaw, OK

A 142 year tradition continues tonight in Quapaw, OK. 

Quapaw tribal members celebrate their heritage all weekend with a powwow. 

With around 100 different tribes represented, the colorful festivities usually include dancing in the evening. 

Tribal members say maintaining the powwow is important to preserve their tribe's history and pass on traditions to their children.

"I like to see how different people dance because everyone has their own style," said Alayah Johnson Jennings, 2014- 2015 Quapaw Tribal Princess.  "I like all their regalia, patterns and designs because it's fun to look at them."

Many of the dancers were taught their routines at a young age, as soon as they learned to walk.

Because each tribal family has its own designated colors and patterns, each dancer outfit is unique.
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