The Kihekah Steh Club and Pow Wow was founded October 23, 1969 by a group of Native Americans. The purpose is the promotion and preservation of Native American heritage. Some of the founders were Bill Supernaw (chapter president), Bill Johnson (vice president), Clare Juby, Leroy Juby, Leva Polson, and Ray Gene Maloy and many other.

“We have the flame that represents those Native Americans who have died including all Native American service men. The first flame honored Ollie Johnson, mother of Bill Johnson,” said Teah Anderson.

The pow wow is an intertribal dance. The tribes that are an intergal part are the Osage, Cherokee, Quapaw, Winnebago, Pawnee, and Mohawk. Some of the dances you will see are gourd, stomp, round, war, snake, brush, and two-step. Anderson said, “During some of the dances we honor particular people by throwing money at their feet. We do have Stomp Dance Etiquette which includes proper dress. However, it is not strictly enforced. When women dance they wear a special shaw.”

“Kihekah Steh is an important part of my life because four years ago I met my now husband when he pulled me out of the crowd and Two-Stepped with me,” Anderson said. “After that, we have been inseparable. A year later, we were married during Kihekah Steh. We continue to be an intergal part of Kihekah Steh to honor our Native American heritage and his grandfather, Bill Johnson.”

This year’s Elder Honoree was George Shannon. Shannon is a member of the Osage Tribe. He has five children, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He graduated from Hominy High School in 1952 and from the University of Oklahoma in 1066. He also served in the Army for two years. Shannon loved helping his family with pow wows growing up and remembers when his wife, Elnora, was elected the Ponca Pow Wow princess. He swears. “She hasn’t changed one bit since.”

Alissa Hamilton is this year’s princess. She has attended the Kihekah Steh dance since she was a toddler and is proud to represent the organization. She recently graduated from Hominy High School and plans to attend Northeastern Oklahoma University in the fall to study physical therapy. She is a member of the Osage Nation and it also of Ponca, Creek, Pawnee, Kiowa, Sac and Fox, Otoe and Cheyenne descent.

The Head Lady Dancer is Stephanie Daivs, who takes great pride in her Osage and Pawnee heritage. She currently lives in Hominy and has five daughters. Davis has worked at the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians at the Osage Agency as an accounting technician for the last 18 years. She would like to express her sincere appreciation to the Kihekah Steh Club for this honor.

Kiowa Cozad is the Head Man Dancer. He is of the Deer Clan of the Black Dog Band. Cozad graduated from Hominy High School before attending Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. He first attended the Kihekah Steh Pow Wow when he was just a week old with his parents. He sits on the Pawhuska Dance committee as a tail dancer as well as travels the United States singing with his family, the Cozad singers, and competes in men’s southern straight.

The Arena Director this year is Kilan Jacobs. Jacobs has served as Emcee, Arena Drirector, Head Man Dancer and Head Gourd Dancer at pow wows throughout Indian country. He has also served as the Battle of the Plains Arena Director which is a youth contest pow wow between several JOM programs. He has also served as Arena Director for IICOT Pow Wow, Operation Eagle Pow Wow and Hunting Moon Pow Wow. He enjoys dancing, singing and serving in any capacity for pow wows and dances.

Archie Mason is the Emcee this year. He is a member of the Osage and Cherokee Nations, a father, a grandfather and a greatgrandfather. He is a member of the Osage Nation Congress and a former Speaker of the Congress. Mason is an ambassador of goodwill and travels internationally. He has had cameo roles in several movies and had been in several national and regional commercials. He is also an advocate of Osage culture, language, history, life, values, customs, rituals and traditions. He served for 17 years on the United States Selective Service appointed by George Bush as well as serving on many boards and commissions during his career. He resides in Tulsa with his wife, Ramona, who is Muscogee Creek.

Gourd dancing begins each evening and the Grand Entry is at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 7 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a stomp dance Saturday night. There will be contests each evening featuring some of the finest dancers in our area. The princess will be crowned Friday evening and will sit in a place of honor throughout the dances.

This year’s contest winners are:

Junior girls fancy shawl and jingle

1st — Olivia Littlecook

2nd — Stailee Heard

3rd — Cedar Littlecook

Junior girls cloth and buckskin

1st — Mash-Ta Littlecook

2nd — Lily Pointer

3rd — Cydney Daylight

Junior boys grass and fancy

1st — Cody Littlecook

2nd — Randee Goodeagle

3rd — Jonavon Tarbell

Junior boys straight

1st — Gideon Goodeagle Jr.

2nd — Joseph Goodfox Jr.

3rd — Ryan Fields

Women’s cloth

1st — Laura Sage

2nd — Blake Cunningham

3rd — Darian Lookout

Women’s buckskin

1st — Whitney Sage

2nd — Kimberly Daylight

3rd — Amanda Proctor

Men’s straight

1st — Otto Hamilton

2nd — Reuben Derion

3rd — John Bighorse

Men’s grass and traditional

1st — Louie Sage

2nd Wesley Littlecook

3rd — Kyle Sine

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Lindsey is the managing editor for the Skiatook Journal. She holds an M.A in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Prior to the start of her news career in 2011, Renuard was a professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma.