The Ardmore High School Dream Catchers’ months of planning will finally come together Saturday.

The Ardmore High School Dream Catchers’ months of planning will finally come together Saturday.

The Dream Catchers, the Native American Club at the school, will host their Fifth Annual Dream Catcher’s Powwow Saturday starting at noon at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum.

“We started (planning) at the beginning of the school year. The princesses sell ads, and we had car washes and bake sales,” Dream Catcher co-president Vincent Baptiste said Thursday.

The event, with free admission, will include dancing, venders and homemade Indian tacos.

The Master of Ceremonies will be Hammond Motah from Carnegie.

The rest of the head staff includes head singer Al Santos from Ardmore, head man dancer Marty Thurman from Shawnee, head lady dancer Randi Santos from Ardmore and arena director Randy Frazier from Oklahoma City.

There will also be the Gourd Clan Comanche Little Ponies and the Choctaw Honor Guard will serve as the color guard.

Dancers will include the Riverside Apache Fire Dancers and groups from Bacone College, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation.

There will be 30 vendors from across the country, including Jim Standing Bear Wheatley. Indian tacos, with homemade fry bread, will be on sale for $5.

There is something for everyone at the event, as the students each look forward to different things.

Co-president Kelli James said her favorite part is the day of the event, especially the dancers.
“I like the drums ’cuz of the feeling you get when they’re singing and stuff,” vice president Anthony James said.

Dreamcatcher Royalty will be crowned at 7:30 p.m.

The 2009 Dreamcatcher Princesses are high school — Leslie Sampson, middle school — Madison Sampson and grade school — Raven Carney.

The princesses represent Ardmore at powwows around the state and the country. This is Lezlie Sampson’s second year as a princess.

“My favorite thing was going to New Mexico for the Gathering of Nations, which is a huge powwow. It was fun,” Sampson said.

The club did all the planning for the event, with help from the Dream Catcher Parent Committee, adult mentor Jay Mule, Tribal Legislator David Woerz and their advisor and Ardmore High School Special Services Cordinator Deana Craighead.

“It’s a good group of kids. They have worked so hard,” Craighead said.

“It is comforting to see our young people working like this, everything from selling tickets and bringing drinks to dancers,” Baptiste said.

Baptiste is one of the group’s many seniors, for which this will be their last Dream Catcher powwow.

“It will be the best so far. As seniors, we hope it will be the bomb,” Bryce Wall said.

The group’s underclassmen look up to the senior leaders.

“They leave big shoes to fill,” Clayton Davis said.

“We will miss them,” Jace Carney added.