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KIOWA GOURD CLAN CELEBRATION
July 2, 3 & 4, 2006
Head Gourd Dance Singer: Dewayne Tofpi
Head War Dance Singer: Steve Bohay
Head War Dancer: Joey Tosee
Head Lady Dancer: Emily Blackdeer
Bugler: Bill Bartee
Bobby Thompson, Ron TwoHatchet,
6:00 AM Prayer and Flag Raising
9:00 AM Rations
Rabbit Dances (second and last day)
11:00 AM Brush Dance
5:00 PM Lower Flag & Supper Break
Processional, War Mother Songs &
9:00 PM War and Social Dancing
Public is welcome; bring your own chairs.
Concession available on site.
Security is provided.
No drugs or alcohol allowed.
Golden State Gourd Society President Steve Bohay was selected for the position of Head War Dance Singer for the 2006 Kiowa Gourd Clan Celebration at Carnegie Park, Carnegie, Oklahoma. His nomination was based on the following criteria:
- Member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma.
- Member of the Kiowa Gourd Clan.
- Knowledge of Tribal songs and dependable
- Knowledge of protocol pertaining to the drum
Based on this criteria I guess you would say the Kiowa Gourd Clan feels that Steve is a good choice to serve in this capacity. The 4th of July Celebration has a historical significance to the Kiowa, it is a time when our forefathers used to gather for the annual Kiowa Sun Dance. During the revival of the Kiowa Gourd Dance this time of year was selected to hold the celebration. It is a time when the Kiowa gather to celebrate Independence Day, camp, fellowship and to uphold tribal traditions.
Throughout the years certain individuals are observed to serve in various capacities of the celebrations the Drum being one of the most important. The Head Singer should be very knowledgable of the protocol and songs of the Kiowa people. It takes years to achieve this status among the Kiowa People. There are a very few within the tribe who are capable of this status. The Head Singer is a leader, mentor and sets an example for future generations to come.
The Head Singer has to have a vast knowledge of songs. When called upon the Head Singer has to know the songs of individuals, families, organizations and whatever the occasion may call for. Steve has been very observant and has absorbed this knowledge. This is why we feel he is capable to serve in this capacity as Head War Dance Singer.
Phil "Joe Fish" Dupoint
Secretary, Kiowa Gourd Clan