Powwow group struggles to keep students involved

By: Alex Belser Email
By: Alex Belser Email

ARDMORE, OK - Organizers of a powwow expect 2,000 people to show up for native dances and food, but a group that helps organize the event is struggling.

The student Dreamcatchers club at Ardmore City Schools now has about 10 members. Many students have graduated, and membership has dwindled as the club competes with sports and school work for their attention.

"When my oldest child was in elementary school they had a cultural thing every summer, and the kids that were in it then all stayed in it until high school, but those are the ones that have graduated now," Carla Sampson said.

"It's finding a time when they can all do it becaue so many do athletics after school and some have jobs," incoming club organizer Bridget Moore of Ardmore City Schols said.

Moore said she is trying to set up a time instead of study hall when both middle and high school students can attend during school hours.

Club members were looking forward to Saturday's event, after last year's pow wow was snowed out.

"People come from everywhere all over Oklahoma and they dance, vendors come sell stuff, and we have our crowning," former powwow princess Lezlie Sampson said.

Sampson and her family plan to cook hundreds of servings of fry bread.

"A lot of people use the all purpose flour but my mom did it the esay way," Carla Sampson said. "We use self-rising flour and water, mix it, and just roll it in dough, flatten it out, and deep fry in grease."

The pow wow is free and begins at noon at Hardy Murphy Coliseum. The princess crowning and other events start around 7 p.m.

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