Louisiana Native Nations

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival


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 indigenous 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 Festivalgoers 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, and Louisiana Band of Choctaw.


There will be daily exhibition pow wow performances including traditional, fancy shawl, straight dance, grass dance, jingle, hoop, southern cloth and stomp dance. Festivalgoers 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. This year’s drum groups include Grammy winners Northern Cree of Canada and Native Nations Intertribal.


On Monday, April 30th 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 feature Native hip hop singer Supaman!