Louisiana Native Nations

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

NATIVE AMERICAN VILLAGE

Louisiana is rich in Native American culture. A celebration of the influence of Louisiana tribes, the Native American Village within the Folklife Village focuses on the rich heritage of our state’s indigenous peoples. Relax under the shade canopy of a palmetto-thatched chickee while enjoying traditional drumming and singing by Southeastern dance and pow wow troupes. Taste traditional southeastern maque choux as you watch demonstrations of basket weaving and woodcarving by Louisiana’s tribal elders and their apprentices. The Native American Village offers Festival-goers an oasis of tranquil charm.

The Native Nations Tent showcases Louisiana’s indigenous craftspeople, many of them Elders, from state and federally recognized Louisiana tribes including United Houma Nation, Jena Band of Choctaw, Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana, Louisiana Band of Choctaw, and the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe.

MUSIC

There will be daily exhibition pow wow performances including traditional, fancy shawl, straight dance, grass dance, jingle, hoop, southern cloth and stomp dance. Festival-goers will have a unique opportunity to learn about the origins of these diverse dances and marvel at the colorful regalia and intricate movements that characterize the southeastern pow wow.

POW WOW PERFORMANCES

Friday, April 28
Black Lodge Singers
12:05 – 12:25 /  1:15 – 1:35 / 4:00 – 4:25

Saturday, April 29
Black Lodge Singers
12:00 – 12:25 / 1:15 – 1:40 / 4:05 – 4:35

Sunday, April 30
Black Lodge Singers
12:00 – 12:20 /  1:15 – 1:35 / 3:50 – 4:20

Thursday, May 4
Native Nations Intertribal
12:00 – 12:20 / 2:35 – 2:55 / 3:55 – 4:25

Friday, May 5
Native Nations Intertribal
12:55 – 1:20 / 2:30 – 2:50 / 5:35 – 6:00

Saturday, May 6
Native Nations Intertribal
12:05 – 12:25 / 1:15 – 1:35 / 3:45 – 4:15

Sunday, May 7
Native Nations Intertribal
1:00 – 1:25 / 2:20 – 2:40 / 3:45 – 4:15

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

On Thursday, April 27th the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, will present an educational program for Native American youth at the Houma Municipal Auditorium in Houma, Louisiana.  The workshop will be Native American Spirit! by DJ SHUB at 10:00 am.