PCI holds 50th annual PowWow

Published 11:41 am Tuesday, November 29, 2022

By Staff Reports

Many former Tribal council members, princesses recognized

To mark the Poarch Creek Indians’ 50th annual PowWow Nov. 24-25, many were recognized during the celebration, officials said.

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Tribal council members, and former elementary, junior, senior and elder princesses were recognized on Nov. 23. Additionally, 105 princess titleholders since 1971 were recognized.

Dancers that were a part of the of the original dance groups from the 1970s on up were recognized as well. These dancers were the people who performed at PCI’s PowWow, surrounding PowWows and other events to help bring attention and recognition to the PCI. Some 123 dancers were recognized.

During this year’s PowWow:

  • Eight drums were in attendance
  • 236 dancers registered
  • 50 tiny tot dancers registered, and,
  • Approximately 14,000 people attended the two-day event.

Additionally, the 2022-23 PCI Tribal Princesses and alternates were crowned.

The 2022-23 Tribal Princesses are as follows by age:

  • PCI Little Miss Alternate: Jolie-Ann Smedley
  • PCI Little Miss Princess: Tayla Smith
  • PCI Elementary Alternate: Emmee Hayes
  • PCI Elementary Princess: Yanasa Alvarez
  • PCI Junior Alternate: Anna Grace Hollinger
  • PCI Junior Princess: Savannah Gibson
  • PCI Senior Princess: McKenna Pettis
  • PCI Senior Adult Alternate (new category this year): Rosalind Smith
  • PCI Senior Adult Princess: Amanda Montgomery
  • PCI Elder Princess: Vicky Burns
  • Spirit Award: Savannah Gibson
  • Best Talent Award: Yanasa Alvarez
  • Best Interview Award: Yanasa Alvarez

This year’s PowWow was held for the first time in two years because of the pandemic.