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145th Annual Ponca Celebration/Powwow


The Ponca Tribe invites the public to our Annual Celebration and Powwow August 26th thru Sunday August 29th. Activities will begin with a Mourners meal Wednesday evening at 5:00pm at the Tom Roughface South Arena followed by a Handgame and reception honoring our Princess Nadia Kent.


There will be activities all throughout the duration of the celebration with families introducing their children into the arena, contesting each night concluding with the worlds fancy dance championship and the first annual worlds straight dance championship. Our Comanche Brothers and Pawnee relatives will be joining with our own Ponca He’thoshka Society to tail dance Saturday afternoon which will be something special to witness. Our Ponca singers will be singing some of our old sacred songs and family songs at the south arena that will be both Healing and Spiritually uplifting. Our dance grounds and our whole camping area are very sacred to us Poncas.  


Our Old people told us that we (Poncas) are a Sacred people who have strong beliefs that are tied to our lands and our sacred ceremonies. Because of who we are there are some responsibilities that we owe to ourselves and to God the Creator. An old spiritual sacred law among true traditional natives is; “Whenever the Great Spirit bestows upon you a sacred gift, YOU have a Responsibility to Perform and to take care of Your Special Gift”. We Ponca’s know and believe that this way of life was given to us directly by Wakonda. Other tribes may perform this dance, but this dance belongs to us!


Again, all precautions are to be taken. Much of our community has been vaccinated and there will plenty of wash stations and masks provided. Most of all, if you feel unsure and uncomfortable attending, then please remain home or wherever you feel safe. Most of all, if you don’t feel well, by all means stay home. May the Great Spirit continue to bless our Ponca People.




Oliver Littlecook, Chairman

Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma 

2021/2022 Ponca Tribal Princess

My name is Aliayah Danielle Buffalohead. My Indian name is Wi Nazhe Ta Wi meaning Rain given to me by my grandparents. I am an enrolled Ponca Tribal member and am of the Hisada clan. I come from The Buffalohead, Collins, BlueBack, Big Elk, and Giveswater families.

I am 17 years old, a senior at Tonkawa High School, and a member of the National Honor Society. I am also concurrently enrolled at NOC and plan to continue my education with a degree in the medical field. My career focus is to become a Physical Therapist to help our elders and other Native Americans to recover from their injuries. Some of my other accomplishments are lettering in academics for the past 3 years and receiving an award for Outstanding Native American Student.

I want to be a great ambassador for our tribe.

I want to thank the Ponca Princess Sorority and the Ponca Powwow Committee for giving me a chance to represent the Ponca People. This opportunity has been a goal of mine and I will represent to the best of my ability. I pray everyone has a great year, continue to be safe, and protect our children and elders.


Aliayah Danielle Buffalohead


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