American Heart Association to host ‘Honoring the Beat of Life’ Intertribal Powwow

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

OKLAHOMA CITY — The American Heart Association will host the fourth annual ‘Honoring the Beat of Life’ intertribal powwow on Oct. 17 at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The event, sponsored by Citizen Potawatomi Nation, aims to encourage Native Americans to learn about controlling high blood pressure and preventing heart disease through diet and exercise.

“American Indians have always had a strong tradition of family and dance,” said Rachel Crawford, AHA health equity director. “We know from previous years’ attendance that these families want to make good choices for their heart health. We need to focus on a tradition of helping each other be healthier so our families have more time to spend together.”

The day-long powwow features a health fair beginning at 8 a.m., arts and crafts displays, Gourd dancing and opportunities to sample healthy recipes adapted from traditional Native American cooking. The Grand Entry is set for 7 p.m. and will cap the event’s festivities with a dance competition. For a full schedule of events, visit the Powwow Facebook event.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American Indians. American Indians and Alaska Natives die from heart disease at younger ages than any other ethnic group in the United States. About 36 percent of those who die of heart disease die before age 65, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The powwow is free and open to the public. For more, contact Rachel Crawford at 405-415-3035.