IU Northwest presents an evening of Plains Apache music, including Naisha warrior society songs, as well as hand game and Southern-style Pow Wow on Tuesday, Nov. 4 beginning at 7 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium.
Plains Apache identity is symbolized by the Naisha warrior society call Blackfeet; special songs and dances are performed to recall this aspect of indigenous culture, according to Lecturer in Sociology and Anthropology Michelle Stokley, Ph.D.
Currently there are only about 2,000 Plains Apache people residing in southwest Oklahoma, with tribal offices located in Anadarko. The tribe has historical ties to other Apachean groups as well as Northern Athabascans, which includes the Sarcee, a Canadian Fist Nation. The Plains Apache hunted buffalo and traded horses on the plains until they were assigned to a reservation in 1867, which they shared with the Comanche and Kiowa. Today, the three tribes cooperate on political and economic issues and actively work to retain their cultural heritage.
This event is sponsored by the Diversity Programming Group and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. For more information on this event, please contact Michelle Stokely at (219) 981-5601.