Southwest LA Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival
July 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
There’s a lot to celebrate in Louisiana, especially for the Native American tribes who continue to preserve the traditions of their ancestors. Participate in these cherished traditions at the Annual Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Festival, also called the Three Moons Festival. This is a free event that takes place every year in July in Opelousas, Louisiana, home to the Attakapas Prairie Tribe. The event is hosted by their leader, Chief Nolan Gobert, and is led by Mr. Harvey Whitford of the Blackfeet Tribe and his wife Mrs. Carolyn Gray Whitford of the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe. The festival is a gathering of many tribes throughout the state of Louisiana, including the Avogel Tribe, Lipan Apache, Mamou Choctaw, and more. Tribal members will perform traditional dances, drumming, storytelling activities, and special demonstrations featuring primitive crafts and tools. This event is family friendly and also offers educational activities and games for kids, including American Stick Ball and washer games. There will also be outside vendors with craft items for purchase and food! It’s not a Louisiana festival without something good to eat. The Attakapas tribe will prepare red beans and rice, shrimp fettuccine, jambalaya, corn maque choux, and more.
Last year’s activities:
9:30am – Gourd dancing led by former Chief Mayeaux of the Avogel Tribe of Louisiana
11:30am – Grand Entry
12pm – Flint Knapping Demo by Gary Perry of the Avogel Tribe of Louisiana
12:30pm – Flute performance by Claude Guillory Gallien
12:40pm – Drumming and dancing by Canneci N’de banc of Lipan Apache
1pm – Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe Dancers
1:30pm – Jewelry Demo by Theresa Semien Gobert of the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe
2pm – Craftsman Demo (Cowhide Chairs) with Danny Lee Petrella of Mamou Choctaw
2:30pm – Drumming by Theresa Semien Gobert & Amy Gobert Cormier of the Attakapas Opelousas Prairie Tribe
4pm – Inter-tribal Dancing
Need accommodations? Visit the “Stay” page for area hotels, B&Bs, and RV Parks.