PULLMAN Wash. — The 25th annual Pah-Loots-Pu Celebration, with
entertaining and colorful traditional drum and dance contests, is scheduled for
April 8 and 9 at Washington State University’s Beasley Performing Arts
The celebration, hosted by WSU’s Native American Student Center, is free
and open to the public. Grand entry is tentatively scheduled for Saturday and
Sunday at noon. A traditional dinner is scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday. The
dinner is free for all participants and tickets will be on sale for non-participants.
The two-day event will include dance specials and a golf tournament at the
University of Idaho Golf Course. The dance specials include a drum contest
sponsored by the Pah-Loots-Pu queen; a women’s jingle and tiny-tot
sponsored by head woman Jackie McArthur of Lapwai, Idaho; a Prairie
Chicken special sponsored by Leon Stewart; and a Ku-Au-Mah Alumnae
special sponsored by the Freidlander-Vallee family.
The 1999-2000 Pah-Loots-Pu queen, Dawn DePoe of Redmond, will also pass
her crown to a new winner during the celebration.
The master of ceremonies is Dale Oldhorn and the headman is Leon “Old Elk”
Stewart, both from Crow Agency, Mont. The arena director is Peter Jo Olrney
of White Swan. The host drum is Young Greyhorse, Browning, Mont. The
invited drums are Lightening Creek from Lapwai, Idaho; Black Lodge from
White Swan; Black Whistle from Lodge Grass, Mont.; and Mandaree from
The host hotel for the event is the Mark IV in Moscow, Idaho. For reservations
call 800/833-4240. Questions about the celebration can be directed to Paul
Orozco at the Native American Student Center, 509/335-8676. Questions about
the golf tournament can be directed to either Noelle Saluskin, 509/334-1143, or
Michael Jordan, 509/334-9529.