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June 25, 2008

Casino pow wow celebrates 21 years

Thunderbird Casino, an enterprise of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, will celebrate 21 years Friday and Saturday with a pow wow when Native American dancers in Oklahoma and surrounding states will compete for their share of $30,000 in prize money.

"This event is truly a learning experience for people of all ages and cultures, because everyone is invited to participate in this incredible event," said Al Bronaugh, pow wow coordinator. "The Annual Anniversary Celebration Pow Wow is a family event for all to enjoy."

The pow wow attracts Native Americans dancers, singers and drummers from the southern region of the country. Dancers ranging in age from toddlers to elders compete in several styles of dance wearing traditional and contemporary regalia. Drum groups provide vocal and rhythmic accompaniment to the dancers. Cash prizes are presented to winners in all the competitions.

Gourd dancing begins 6:30 p.m. Friday with grand entry at 8. The Friday night special is a $500 winner-take-all in the women's northern fancy shawl and men's southern fancy.

Gourd dancing begins 2 p.m. Saturday with a supper break at 5 p.m. Gourd dancing resumes at 6 p.m. with grand entry at 8.

There is no charge for the pow wow. No alcohol will be allowed on the property and guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.

Thunderbird Casino is 17 miles east of Norman on Highway 9.

For more information, visit www.thunderbirdcasino.net.

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