Billy Horse, chairman of the Kiowa tribe of Oklahoma, will sing at a competition powwow Saturday in the Kansas Union ballroom at Kansas University, the first of three powwows scheduled this spring in Lawrence.
The powwow Saturday, from 6 p.m. to midnight, is sponsored by the KU Native American Student Assn. Admission is free and grand entry is at 7 p.m.
For adult men, contests will be held in traditional, straight, fancy and grass dancing. Women dancers will compete in traditional, buckskin, jingle and fancy shell dancing. Contests will also be held for youth dancers, and tiny tots will also get a chance to participate.
Horse will sing with a southern drumming group. Northern drums will be performed by a group called Little Soldier from Horton.
Vendors will sell American Indian arts and crafts and refreshments.
Other Lawrence powwows this spring:
- April 29: The Lawrence Indian Education Program of the Lawrence school district will hold an outdoor benefit powwow from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Haskell Indian Nations University's powwow grounds. Grand entry: 7 p.m. Rain location: Coffin Athletic Complex. In addition to dancing and vendor booths, an Indian Education princess will be named and a college scholarship will be awarded to a Native American Lawrence High School senior. Free admission. For more information call Myrna Benson at 842-2544.
- May 19-21: The annual Haskell spring commencement powwow, which attracts competitive traditional dancers and singers from throughout the nation, will also be at the Haskell powwow grounds. For more information call 749-8461 or 749-8480.