Choctaw Tribe to host annual Nanih Waiya Day

From press reports


Nanih Waiya Day celebrations will take place Friday, Aug. 9, 2013 announced Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson.

“Nanih Waiya day is yet another opportunity for the Choctaw community to celebrate our heritage. I am thrilled the inaugural All-Star game that was just an idea I had a few short months ago is now a reality,” said Chief Anderson.

The Nanih Waiya Day celebration ceremony will take place at the Nanih Waiya Mound at 10 a.m. with Tribal members and the general public invited to attend and participate. The program includes an Honor Ceremony with a reading of the Nanih Waiya Day proclamation, a laying of a wreath on the mother mound, storytelling from tribal elders and a walk dance around the mound by all attendees. A traditional Choctaw meal will end the ceremony.

Later that evening, the inaugural All-Star Games will be held at Warrior Stadium on the Choctaw Central High School campus. Opening Ceremonies will start at 6 p.m. The women’s All-Star Stickball game between Fichik Malatoh (Shining Star) Ohoyo and Fichik Cito (Big Star) Ohoyo will begin at 7 p.m. The men’s All-Star game will take place after the women’s trophy presentation.

The winning teams will receive an All-Star Trophy, consisting of framed stickball sticks and ball. Two MVPs, one male and one female, will each receive a trophy of beaded stickball sticks at the end of their respective games.

Nanih Waiya Day is celebrated every year on the second Friday in August. Nanih Waiya Mound was returned to the Choctaw people on April 17, 2007 by the State of Mississippi and then-Governor Haley Barbour. Tribal members celebrate her return and symbolism, and hope that all people will become acquainted with the history of the Nanih Waiya mound, cave and their importance to the Choctaw people.