The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma's 20th Annual PowWow with three days of dance contests begins Friday Sept. 16 and runs through Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday Sept. 18. Food and craft vendors will also be part of the event held at the Eastern Shawnee PowWow grounds located next to Bordertown Casino in West Seneca.

Friday night there will be a Gourd Dance at 6 p.m. The evening's contests are Tiny Tots, Men's and Women's Golden Age, Girl's Cloth, Boy's Straight, Girl's Fancy/Jingle, and Boy's Fancy.

A Gourd Dance will be held Saturday at 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday's contests are Women's Buckskin, Women's Fancy/Jingle, Women's Cloth, Boy's Traditional/Grass, and Girl's Buckskin.

There will be children's outdoor games Saturday morning. A meal of traditional food will be served Saturday evening.

Sunday the Gourd Dance will be held at Noon followed by Men's Traditional/Grass, Men's Fancy, Men's Straight, and a Hand Drum Contest.

There will be $14,000 paid out in contest prize money. In the Junior Categories, First Place brings $225, Second Place $125, and Third Place $100. In Dance Categories, First Place brings $500, Second Place $300, and Third Place $200.

A Stomp Dance Contest will be held Saturday after Powwow for Adults and Juniors (14 and Under).

The year's powwow's Head Singer is Lenny Skye, Head Man Dancer-Glenn Stoner Jr., Head Lady Dancer - Amanda Triplett, Arena Director/Head Judge- Warren Hawk, Master of ceremonies- Murray Rhodes, Color Guard- Wyandotte Nation and Gourd Clan- Wyandotte Nation.

Awards will be given at the end of the day on Sunday, Set.18.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend these events.For more information e-mail or call Kenna Simmons at (918)666-7710, ext.1125.