Courtesy AHA
The American Heart Association will host its fourth “Honoring the Beat of Life” intertribal powwow on October 17th, in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

‘Honoring the Beat of Life’ American Heart Association to Host Intertribal Pow wow in Shawnee

Vincent Schilling

The American Heart Association (AHA) will host its fourth annual ‘Honoring the Beat of Life’ intertribal powwow on Saturday Oct. 17 at the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The event is also sponsored by Citizen Potawatomi Nation. As stated on the AHA release, the pow wow ‘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 in an AHA release. “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 pow wow features a health fair beginning at 8 a.m., the event will also have the standard fare of arts and crafts displays, Gourd dancing and opportunities to sample healthy recipes adapted from traditional Native American cooking. Grand Entry is at 7 p.m. and will cap the event’s festivities with a dance competition. For more information you can visit the AHA Powwow Facebook event page.

According to the AHA and the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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.

The 4th annual Honoring the Beat of Life intertribal powwow is free and open to the public.  The location is the Firelake Arena at 18145 Old Rangeline Rd. in Shawnee, OK from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Schedule of Events:
8:00 am Health Fair
3:00 pm Gourd Dance
5:00 pm Supper Break
7:00 pm Grand Entry

For more information, contact Rachel Crawford at 405-415-3035.

About the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association

The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


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