Every 4th of July, dozens of men gather in Carnegie Oklahoma to build an arbor for the annual Kiowa Gourd Clan Celebration. Hundreds of gourd dancers participate. Gourd dancing is a time-honored tradition, performed by men, with women supporting behind them. We’ll talk with the president and vice-president of the Kiowa Gourd Clan about the tradition and practice of gourd dancing.
Tim Soodle (Kiowa) – president of the Kiowa Gourd Clan
Phil R. “Joe Fish” Dupoint (Kiowa) – vice-president of the Kiowa Gourd Clan
Break Music: Red Wolf Gourd Dance Song (song) Kiowa Tiapiah Society (artist) Kiowa Gourd Dance Vol. 1 (album)