Annual UHN Celebrating ABILITIES Powwow

Annual UHN Celebrating ABILITIES Powwow Information

The United Houma Nation is spread among six parishes in Southern Louisiana, situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living.  Although these communities are distant by land and road, they were historically very close by water. 

Each year, well over 1,000 people from these communities come together for the Annual Celebrating Abilities Powwow to raise awareness of people with disabilities.  Held in March the weekend before the Denver March Powwow, the Celebrating Abilities Powwow is sponsored in part by the tribe’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program, which provides employment services to disabled members of the UHN and the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.

The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, watch native dance competitions, and feast on traditional fare, including Indian tacos, fry bread, white beans, and shrimp boulettes.   Arts and crafts – including the Houma Nation’s famous basketry – will be on sale.

The powwow feels like a family reunion and an opportunity for surrounding communities to experience the UHN culture, which thrived in Louisiana for centuries before French explorers arrived. UHN tribe members have endured discrimination, exploitation, and marginalization since European contact, but they are still thriving along the Louisiana Bayous.

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Annual UHN Celebrating ABILITIES Powwow

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