Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial
The annual Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial honors those who are currently serving or have served in the military. Held on the grounds of Indian City USA in Anadarko, this American Indian event includes ceremonial dance festivities like traditional dancing, a presentation of colors and the singing of a war mother's song. The Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society, known as the Ton-Kon-Gah, was established many generations ago to honor veterans. This historic event dates back to over 200 years ago.
There are multiple theories as to how the Kiowa Black Leggings received their name. Some conclude that it was the dust from trails that caused their legs to turn black, while others say their legs became blackened while running back into battle after an enemy force blackened the surrounding area with fire to repel an attack. The name Black Leggings stuck, and the society became one of the best horse-mounted forces on the plains.
Today, society members wear authentic regalia that includes a black string shawl on the waist, a red cape draped over the shoulders, a decorated lance or spear and black paint or leggings used to darken the legs from the knees down. The adornment each member chooses to place on their lance represents their individual military experience.
Come to the Kiowa Black Leggings Warrior Society Ceremonial to witness traditional events including a special dance that re-enacts an early 1800s battle. During the dance, visitors to this event will see pistol and rifle fire, war hoops, raised lances and the beating of ceremonial drums.
Visitors to the ceremony will also enjoy keynote speakers and a free lunch at noon each day of the event. Videotaping is not allowed at the event, and although photography is allowed, permission must be obtained first.