Inaugural all-star stickball game part of Friday's Nanih Waiya Day
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 1:00 AM
An inaugural all-star stickball game will be among the activities planned for Friday's Nanih Waiya Day celebration.
Choctaw Indian Princess Lanena Grace John, Chief Phyliss J. Anderson and Stickball Commissioner Barry Ben are making plans for Friday’s Nanih Waiya Day which will include all-star stickball.
"Nanih Waiya Day is yet another opportunity for the Choctaw community to celebrate our heritage," Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson said.
"I am thrilled the inaugural all-star game that was just an idea I had a few short months ago is now a reality."
The Nanih Waiya Day celebration ceremony will be at the Nanih Waiya Mound beginning 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.