One of the most colorful parts of the Comanche County Pow Wow to be held September 22 and 23 in the Comanche City Park is the Sahawe Indian Dancers. The Sahawe Indian Dancers were originally founded in 1950 as the Comanche Club Indians by Scoutmaster of Troop 81 in Uvalde, Texas, Joe W. Williams, as a program for older boys in scouting.
Mr. Williams had read about a similar program in La Junta, Colorado, known as the Koshare Indian Dancers, and their Buck Burshears. The name of the group was changed to Sahawe Indian Dancers in 1952.
Their first performance was a three minute dance for a Boy Scout Camporee held on the Nueces River, south of Uvalde, Texas. The group had no idea that it would grow into a full time project.
Following that performance, they received calls to dance again and again. Several months after that first performance, they were invited to represent the Concho Valley Council, BSA, at a Scout Circus in Ft. Worth, Texas in the Will Rogers Coliseum before 14,000 people.
During the past 50 years several hundred boys have gone through the Sahawe program performing over 2000 shows. They have been designated as Uvalde’s “Ambassadors of Good Will” and were selected as Uvalde’s #1 tourist attractions by the Texas Travel Writers.
The Sahawe organization is made up of boys ranging from the 5th grade through high school and beyond. Many former members still perform with the group when their schedule permits.
Along with their Sahawe activities, the boys are also active in their schools, churches, and other activities. Many excel in athletics, band, scholastics, and 4-H, winning local, area, and state awards.
The Comanche County Pow Wow will be held in Comanche’s City Park with hours on Saturday set for 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the park is $2.00 per person per day, age 5 & up.
Free Shuttles provided by Comanche First Baptist Church and Comanche ISD will run both days between the PowWow and designated parking areas. - Christine Perkins