After a one-year respite due to financial constraints, the Sacred Springs Powwow will once again highlight the Native American culture that has been part of the San Marcos area for thousands of years. The Powwow is set for October 6, 2012 from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM at Aquarena Center, 921 Aquarena Springs Drive, San Marcos, Texas.
Initiated in 1995 by the Lucky Tomblin family, the powwow is now sponsored by local nonprofit Indigenous Cultures Institute. This year, the Institute was able to garner major funding from the San Marcos Arts Commission, the Tomblin Family Foundation, and Hays County through Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe. The event is also co-sponsored by Texas State University, Pendleton Outlet, Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, and Air Care Today, and will feature more than one hundred Native American dancers and arts vendors. Indigenous food booths will also be available with fry bread, buffalo burgers, turkey legs, and other Native foods.
“Our head staff is incredible this year,” says Powwow Coordinator Aaron Pyle (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma), referring to the drum groups and head dancers who have been booked for the event.
The Choctaw Color Guard will come from Oklahoma to present and post the United States and armed services flags, which is a traditional element at powwows. The head man dancer is Ryan Sandoval (Diné) from Twin Lakes, New Mexico and the head lady dancer is Shannon Smith (Kiowa, Diné) originally from Apache, Oklahoma. Head gourd dancer is Erwin De Luna (Taos Pueblo) from San Antonio, Texas. Master of ceremonies will be Ray Duncan (Keetoowah Cherokee) and arena director will be Emiliano Flores from San Antonio. The Northern Drum group is a local favorite, Eagle Point Singers, and the Southern Drum is Ottertrail from Oklahoma.
The powwow will open at 10:00 AM with the traditional blessing by the sacred springs conducted by Native American elders. This year the powwow will also feature special presentations that honor the theme of the event, “Reuniting Eagle and Condor.” Cuicani In Xochitl Aztec dance company from Dallas will represent the Condor people of the South. This presentation is scheduled for 2:00 in the afternoon.
“We have a huge number of committees and volunteers who are putting this event together,” says Dr. Mario Garza, the Institute’s board of directors chair. “And folks from the City, Texas State University, businesses, and community groups who are helping to make this powwow a reality.”
The Institute hopes to make the Sacred Springs Powwow one of the “signature events of San Marcos,” in honor of the Spring Lake area which is recognized as one the oldest, continuously inhabited sites in North America and a sacred site to many Native Americans.
The powwow also had to wait until Texas State University completed the deconstruction of the Aquarena Center area around Spring Lake. The work to restore the Sacred Springs area back to its pristine, natural state had been delayed several months and is due to be completed sometime by the end of Summer.
For more information please call (512) 393-3310 or visit IndigenousCultures.org].