Native Americans danced, sang, beat the drums and celebrated their heritage and culture at the annual spring Pow Wow held at the end of April at the tribal grounds in Ebarb.
Adults, tribal elders, and children were colorfully dressed in their native attire as they danced around the center arena to the tunes of native drums. Spectators watched in awe.
Gourd dances, a grand entry parade, women’s jingle dances and other Native American dances entertained both the dancers and the visitors.
Twelve members of the Choctaw Apache tribe died of Covid during the last 12 months, and tribal members commemorated their loved ones in special dances.
Vendors brought their wares for sale that included blankets, musical instruments, wood carvings, Indian jewelry and much more.
Perhaps the busiest vendors autographed and sold their new book just published about the Choctaw Apache Tribe in the Ebarb-Noble-Zwolle area of Sabine Parish. Dorsey Ebarb Bronson, Mary Carlin, and Danny Ebarb all grew up
in the Ebarb area and are the authors of the book ‘Trail of Tears’, the story of the Choctaw Apache Tribe , its history and its culture. More than 300 copies of the book were sold to the line of customers waiting to buy. The book will soon be for sale in Many.
Other vendors sold a wide variety of food items ranging from Indian fry bread to tamales.
For the Native Americans, the PowWow was a day of celebrating their heritage and culture. For others, it was a day of learning about the huge contribution of the Choctaw Apaches to the history and culture of Sabine Parish.