August 24-27, 2023
Fancy Dance World Championships
The Ponca Tribe invites the public to our Annual Celebration and Fancy Dance World Championships at White Eagle Park in Ponca City, Oklahoma.
"Our old people told us that Poncas are a sacred people who have strong beliefs that are tied to our lands and our sacred ceremonies. Because of who we are, there are some responsibilities that we owe to ourselves and to God the Creator.
An old spiritual sacred law among true traditional natives is; “Whenever the Great Spirit bestows upon you a sacred gift, you have a responsibility to perform and to take care of your special gift”. We Ponca’s know and believe that this way of life was given to us directly by Wakonda."
- Oliver Littlecook, Ponca Tribal Chairman and Elder
Ponca artist Mars Biggoose was commissioned in the 1960's to design the Great Seal of the Ponca Tribe. The Pipe is featured on the seal superimposed over the design as if to say, “always respect the sacred pipe,” which represents our religion, given to our ancestors by Wakonda where only his forearms were seen when he gave the sacred pipe to our people.
2023 ponca pow wow video
The Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma is a federally recognized tribe that has more than 3,500 registered members. In order to be eligible for Ponca Tribal membership, applicant must be at least one-eighth (1/8) Ponca and an application will need to be submitted to the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma with a copy of a certified birth certificate.