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  • Kansas • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation • 2024-06-07 to 2024-06-09 • Annual Event

    Prairie Band Potawatomi Powwow

    The Prairie Band Potawatomi Powwow, hosted by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation in Kansas, is a vibrant and culturally significant event celebrating the rich heritage of the Potawatomi People and other Native American Tribes. This annual gathering serves as a testament to the resilience, traditions and community spirit of Native Americans.

    The Potawatomi Nation, part of North America's larger Algonquian-speaking indigenous peoples, has a deep-rooted history in the Great Lakes region, with ancestral lands spanning parts of present-day Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ontario, Canada. Over time, many Potawatomi people were relocated to various reservations, including the Prairie Band Potawatomi Reservation in Kansas.

    The Prairie Band Potawatomi Powwow serves as a focal point for tribal members and visitors alike to come together and celebrate their culture through dance, music, and arts & crafts. Dancers proudly display traditional regalia adorned with intricate beadwork, feathers and symbolic designs as they perform a variety of dances, each with its own meaning and significance. The beat of the drum echoes throughout the event, serving as the heartbeat of the powwow and connecting participants to their ancestors and traditions.

    In addition to the colorful performances, the powwow offers a range of activities and attractions, including arts and crafts vendors showcasing traditional Native American artwork and opportunities to sample indigenous cuisine.

    The Prairie Band Potawatomi Powwow is not only a celebration of the Tribe's cultural heritage but also a time for reflection, education, and community building. It serves as a platform for sharing and preserving Potawatomi traditions, ensuring they continue to thrive for generations to come. Through the powwow, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation invites people of all backgrounds to join them in honoring their past, celebrating their present and embracing their future.

    Contact: 1-888-727-4946 ext.774
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    Prairie Band Potawatomi Powwow 2024-06-07

  • Hawaii • • 2024-06-11 • Annual Event

    King Kamehameha Day

    Every June 11, thousands of people gather on the northern tip of the Big Island of Hawaii to honor Kamehameha I. King Kamehameha Day was established by royal decree on December 22, 1871, by King Kamehameha V as a national holiday to honor the memory of Kamehameha, the king’s great-grandfather, who united the Hawaiian Islands in 1810 and became Hawaii’s first king. Today, Kamehameha Day is a state holiday, and North Kohala is the place to celebrate.

    Kamehameha I was born in North Kohala, where residents are said to have played a prominent role in saving his life as an infant. The day begins with the families of Kohala conducting a traditional lei draping ceremony at his statue in Kapaau. The 25-foot-long floral leis are a tribute to the king. The ceremonies start with an opening blessing, followed by hula, history and music. Hula dancing is a traditional art form with movements that tell a story or represent movements of nature.

    The King Kamehameha Day celebration continues with a traditional pa’u parade with the royal court led by a queen on horseback, followed by princesses representing the eight major islands of Hawaii and Molokini. Each princess is attended by pa’u ladies-in-waiting dressed in colorful and elegant 19th-century riding gowns accented with leis and other floral arrangements. The parade makes its way from Hawi to the statue and Kamehameha Park and the Ho’olaule’a activities, where you can eat local food, see masters create traditional arts and crafts, watch hula dancers and listen to award-winning Hawaiian musicians. Watch the lei contest, conch shell blowing competition and student art contests.

    Contact: 808-586-0333
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    King Kamehameha Day 2024-06-11

  • Montana • Fort Peck Tribes Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes • 2024-06-13 to 2024-06-16 • Annual Event

    Red Bottom Celebration

    Every June, the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana comes alive with the vibrant sounds and colors of the Red Bottom Celebration, an annual powwow hosted by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. Held in Frazer, this cultural event is a tribute to the enduring traditions and rich heritage of the Native American tribes in the region. The Red Bottom Celebration has been an annual powwow for over 100 years, celebrating native culture and traditions through dancing, food, crafts and fellowship of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes on the Fort Peck Reservation in northeastern Montana. 

    This celebration is deeply rooted in the cultural heritage of the Tribes and serves as a time for community members to come together to honor their traditions, history and spirituality. The Red Bottom Celebration typically includes traditional dancing, drumming, singing and storytelling. It may also feature competitions, games, arts and crafts vendors and traditional food.

    The name "Red Bottom" likely refers to the red earth found in the region, which holds cultural significance for the Assiniboine and Sioux Peoples.

    Celebrations like the Red Bottom Celebration play a vital role in preserving and revitalizing the cultural heritage of Native American communities. They provide opportunities for intergenerational learning, strengthening community bonds and sharing traditions with the wider public.

    Accommodations can be found in nearby towns such as Wolf Point and Glasgow.  An Amtrak station in Wolf Point is conveniently located about 30 miles east of Frazer. The nearest airport is Billings Logan International Airport, approximately 250 miles southwest of Frazer. While in the area, visitors can explore the nearby Fort Peck Lake, one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States, offering opportunities for boating, fishing and camping. 

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    Red Bottom Celebration 2024-06-13

  • Wyoming • Eastern Shoshone Tribe • 2024-06-20 to 2024-06-23 • Annual Event

    Eastern Shoshone Indian Days, Eastern Shoshone Tribe

    Eastern Shoshone Indian Days, held in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, is a vibrant celebration that pays tribute to the heritage of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. With its colorful festivities, spirited dances and rich history, Indian Days offers visitors a unique view into Native American culture. The event serves as a reminder of the Tribe's resilience and commitment to preserving their heritage amidst the challenges of the modern world. Drawing in tribes from across the region, Indian Days is a grand intertribal celebration that fosters unity and cultural exchange. Visitors have the rare opportunity to witness various Native American communities coming together, sharing their traditions and showcasing their unique artistry.

    Held annually, usually on the last weekend of June, this spectacular event takes place in Fort Washakie, a historic and culturally rich area on the Wind River Reservation. Dancers adorned in magnificent regalia step gracefully across the powwow grounds, their movements reflecting stories of bravery, nature and spirituality. Skilled artisans display their creations, which include intricate beadwork, traditional clothing, jewelry and artwork. You can learn about crafts like beading and leatherwork, listen to captivating storytelling sessions and gain insights into the spiritual practices of the Eastern Shoshone people. Celebrate with them at Indian Days, where the past and present merge in an unforgettable celebration of Native American splendor.

    Accommodations for visitors range from nearby hotels and motels in Lander and Riverton to camping facilities on the reservation, allowing guests to stay close to the heart of the festivities. Fort Washakie is beautifully situated amidst the rugged landscapes of Wyoming, with the majestic Wind River Mountains providing a stunning backdrop. 

    The nearest airport is Riverton Regional Airport, located approximately 25 miles from Fort Washakie. The celebration is within driving distance of several renowned natural attractions. Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are both accessible day trips.

    Contact: 307-349-6053
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    Eastern Shoshone Indian Days, Eastern Shoshone Tribe 2024-06-20

  • Montana • Fort Peck Tribes Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes • 2024-06-28 to 2024-07-30 • Annual Event

    Badland's Celebration

    The Badlands Celebration in Brockton, Montana, is a vibrant cultural festival hosted by the Fort Peck Tribes. This annual showcase of Native American heritage, drawing visitors to the northeastern plains of Montana for a weekend of dance, music and community spirit.

    Set against the stark beauty of the Montana badlands, the celebration offers a stunning landscape of rugged, eroded hills and vast open skies. The Fort Peck Tribes, composed of Assiniboine and Sioux nations, welcome guests to experience their rich traditions in this breathtaking setting.

    The Badlands Celebration in Brockton, Montana, is an annual event celebrating Native American culture and traditions through traditional dancing, mouthwatering cuisine and artisan crafts. Attendees enjoy a sensory experience, immersing themselves in the depth and beauty of Indigenous heritage while forging connections through shared experiences and cultural appreciation.

    This vibrant celebration serves as a cultural oasis, inviting visitors to engage with and honor the rich traditions of Native American peoples. Through dancing, food, and crafts, attendees share in Indigenous communities' resilience, pride and unity, fostering connections that celebrate the Tribes' cultural legacy.

    Accommodations for the Badlands Celebration are available in nearby towns such as Wolf Point and Poplar. Brockton is located in the northeastern corner of Montana. Billings Logan International Airport is the nearest airport. For those traveling by train, the Amtrak station in Wolf Point offers a convenient gateway to the area.

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    Badland's Celebration 2024-06-28

  • North Carolina • The Eastern Band of Cherokee • 2024-07-04 • Annual Event

    Cherokee 4th of July Powwow

    Welcome to the Cherokee 4th of July Powwow, a vibrant celebration of culture and tradition in North Carolina. Hosted by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, this annual event honors indigenous heritage and community spirit. Experience an explosion of authentic Indian music, dancing, food and festivities during an action-packed July 4th weekend in Cherokee, North Carolina. With over $60,000 in prize money for dance competitions, thousands of spectators come near and far to view world-champion dancers adorned in colorful regalia compete with jaw-dropping dances and music made to move you. During the powwow, you can try authentic tribal foods, shop for traditional Indian crafts and get an insider’s look at a rich ancient culture.

    Dance competition categories include:

    • Traditional
    • Fancy Shawl
    • Grass
    • Two-Step
    • Jingle
    • Buckskin
    • Daniel French Memorial

    Tip: Don’t miss the Grand Entry march each day for the dramatic procession.

    Located in Cherokee, North Carolina, amidst the stunning backdrop of the Great Smoky Mountains, the powwow invites visitors to experience the region's natural beauty. Nearby attractions include the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, offering insights into Cherokee history, and the Oconaluftee Indian Village, where visitors can step back in time to explore a recreated Cherokee village.

    Whether participating in the dances, shopping for handmade crafts, or simply taking in the sights and sounds, the Cherokee 4th of July Powwow offers an unforgettable experience celebrating indigenous heritage amidst the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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    Cherokee 4th of July Powwow 2024-07-04

  • Oregon • Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde • 2024-07-12 to 2024-07-14 • Annual Event

    Marcellus Northwest Memorial Veterans Powwow

    The Marcellus Northwest Memorial Veterans Pow-wow, sponsored by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community, honors Native American veterans and celebrates their contributions and sacrifices. It is named after Marcellus Norwest, a highly respected Native American veteran. Pow-wows are traditional Native American gatherings involving dancing, singing, feasting and honoring ceremonies. This year's powwow will be held Friday, July 12, 2024 - Sunday, July 14, 2024.

    This particular pow-wow likely includes special ceremonies and dances dedicated to veterans and traditional pow-wow activities such as drumming, singing and dancing competitions. It serves as a way to recognize the service and bravery of Native American veterans while also celebrating their culture and heritage. These events often bring together people from various tribes and backgrounds to share camaraderie and honor the veterans in attendance.


    Contact: 800-422-0232
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    Marcellus Northwest Memorial Veterans Powwow 2024-07-12

  • Montana • Fort Peck Tribes Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes • 2024-08-03 to 2024-08-04 • Annual Event

    Wadopana Celebration

    The oldest traditional powwow in Montana, exemplified by the Wadopana Celebration in Wolf Point, holds a profound significance within the Native American community. Hosted by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, special ceremonies held during this event include naming individuals and honoring family members who serve as pillars of cultural preservation and spiritual connection. The celebration is always the first weekend of August. 

    Naming ceremonies, steeped in tradition and symbolism, reflect the deep-rooted reverence for ancestry and identity within Indigenous cultures. These rituals bestow individuals with meaningful names and reinforce their ties to their heritage and community, fostering a sense of belonging and continuity across generations. Similarly, ceremonies to honor family members underscore the importance of kinship and communal support, recognizing the invaluable contributions of relatives and strengthening the bonds that unite the community as a whole. 

    The celebration in Wolf Point is a traditional event with no judging or individual prize money. Saturday is for young people and includes games, runs/walks, and many outdoor activities. Through these ceremonies and events, the Wadopana Celebration not only celebrates Native American culture but also perpetuates its rich traditions, values and customs for future generations to cherish and uphold. 

    Wolf Point is a county seat in northeastern Montana where Wolf Creek flows into the Missouri River. It is part of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, which is home to two American Indian nations, each composed of numerous bands and divisions.


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    Wadopana Celebration 2024-08-03

  • Montana • Fort Peck Tribes Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes • 2024-08-17 to 2024-08-18 • Annual Event

    Turns Around Celebration


    The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes Turns Around Celebration in Poplar, Montana, is a vibrant event that proudly showcases Native American culture and heritage. With a rich tapestry of traditions woven into its fabric, the Celebration brings together community members and visitors to partake in various cultural experiences. From the rhythmic beats of traditional drum groups to the mesmerizing movements of dancers adorned in vibrant regalia, the event resonates with the spirit of unity and pride as participants honor their ancestral roots through music, storytelling and dance.

    Throughout the weekend-long festivities, attendees can immerse themselves in the rich oral traditions of the Native American peoples as elders and storytellers share myths, legends and histories passed down through generations. Against the backdrop of American Legion Park, the Turns Around Celebration serves not only as a platform for cultural expression but also as a vital thread that strengthens the bonds of community and fosters a deeper appreciation for the diverse tapestry of Native American heritage.

    The Fort Peck Reservation is home to two American Indian Nations, each composed of numerous bands and divisions. The Turns Around Celebration is held on the third weekend of August. The Reservation is located in Montana's extreme northeast corner, on the Missouri River's north side.

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    Turns Around Celebration 2024-08-17

  • Montana • Fort Peck Tribes Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes • 2024-08-24 to 2024-08-25 • Annual Event

    Fort Kipp Celebration Pow-wow

    The Fort Kipp Celebration Pow Wow, hosted by the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes, is a vibrant event and a great way to experience Native American culture and tradition. The powwow grounds are set against Montana's rolling plains and big skies, creating a stunning landscape for this cultural gathering. The event is hosted by the Fort Peck Tribes, including the Assiniboine and Sioux nations, who have lived in this region for centuries, preserving their traditions and sharing them with the world. As the rhythmic beat of drums fills the air, dancers adorned in colorful regalia enter the arena for the Grand Entry, marking the beginning of a spirited gathering.

    Throughout the event, attendees are treated to mesmerizing displays of traditional dancing, with each step and movement telling a story of resilience, heritage and community. From the graceful swirls of the women's fancy shawl dance to the powerful stomps of the men's traditional dance, the Pow Wow showcases the diversity and beauty of indigenous dance styles. 

    Amidst the rhythmic melodies, the Pow Wow grounds come alive with the sights and sounds of indigenous arts and crafts. Booths adorned with intricate beadwork, handcrafted jewelry, and pottery offer a glimpse into the creativity and craftsmanship of Native artisans. Meanwhile, the tantalizing aroma of traditional foods wafts through the air, enticing attendees to sample frybread, Indian tacos and other culinary delights steeped in indigenous flavors. 

    As families gather, friendships are forged, and cultural connections are strengthened, the Fort Kipp Celebration Pow Wow serves as a powerful testament to the resilience, pride and unity of Native American communities, welcoming all to join in celebrating heritage and tradition. The Fort Kipp Celebration Pow Wow is held on the fourth weekend of August.

    Located near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone Rivers, the Fort Kipp Powwow is accessible via the nearest airport, Billings Logan International Airport, approximately 200 miles away. For those traveling by rail, the Amtrak station in Wolf Point offers a convenient gateway to the event.

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    Fort Kipp Celebration Pow-wow 2024-08-24

  • North Dakota • • 2024-09-06 to 2024-09-08 • Annual Event

    Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow

    September 6-8, 2024

    Every September, Bismarck, North Dakota, comes alive with the vibrant colors and sounds of the United Tribes Technical College International Powwow. Held on the first weekend after Labor Day, this premier cultural event is hosted by the United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) and is one of the largest powwows in the country, drawing participants and spectators from across the globe. This year's Powwow, slated for September 6th to 8th, 2024, is an annual celebration deeply rooted in Indigenous culture and heritage. 

    Held at the Lone Star Arena in Bismarck, North Dakota, on the sprawling UTTC campus, the landscape blends the open prairies of North Dakota with the backdrop of the Missouri River.  This event has earned its reputation as one of the premier cultural gatherings in the region, and it is known as the "Home of the Champions." Drawing participants and spectators from across the United States and Canada is a testament to the Tribes' resilience and vibrancy.

    The powwow, held every second weekend in September, is a contest event where dancers and singers compete for prize money, showcasing their talent and skill while honoring their cultural roots. Expert judges, selected by the powwow committee, meticulously evaluate each performance based on criteria such as knowledge and skill in their respective categories, synchronization with the drumbeat, and the artistry of their regalia. This makes the UTTC International Powwow one of the last large outdoor events on the northern Great Plains powwow circuit.

    Beyond the competitive aspect, the powwow offers a rich array of cultural experiences and community engagement. With an estimated attendance of 10,000 people, the event serves as a platform for cultural exchange and understanding among Native American and non-native communities. Attendees can partake in various activities such as a golf tournament, run, softball, and basketball tournaments, fostering camaraderie and connection. Supported by generous sponsors like the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Tribes and 4 Bears Casino and Lodge, the powwow celebrates Indigenous heritage. It generates vital support for the local community, making it a cherished and impactful event for all involved. This weekend promises to be a fantastic cultural celebration and learning opportunity for everyone.

    Bismarck's central location makes it an excellent base for exploring nearby attractions. The city boasts attractions like the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, which offers insights into the region's history and culture. Just outside Bismarck, the Missouri River provides opportunities for boating, fishing, and scenic river cruises. Theodore Roosevelt National Park, located about 130 miles west of Bismarck, offers stunning landscapes of badlands, prairies, and wildlife. The park is a haven for hiking, wildlife viewing, and experiencing the rugged beauty of North Dakota.

    The nearest airport is Bismarck Airport, conveniently located about 5 miles southeast of the city center. The nearest Amtrak station is Minot, approximately 110 miles north of Bismarck, offering rail connections to major cities.

    Contact: 701.255.3285
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    Annual United Tribes Technical College International Powwow 2024-09-06

  • North Carolina • Meherrin Indian Tribe • Annual Event

    Meherrin Indian Tribe Powwow

    The Meherrin Powwow is held annually on the first weekend of October, at the Meherrin Tribal Grounds in Hertford County, North Carolina.

    Our Powwow is renowned for its vibrant dance and drum competitions, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of our community. In addition to the competitions, visitors can also browse through traditional craft stalls and sample delicious food from our vendors. The event draws participants and spectators from all over the United States and Canada, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

    We would like to extend a heartfelt invitation to our next Powwow and cannot wait to see you there. Our event is a celebration of Indigenous cultures and traditions, and we are excited to share this experience with you. Whether you are a seasoned attendee or a first-time visitor, we promise a warm and welcoming atmosphere that will leave you with lasting memories.

    Contact: 770-873-8785
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    Meherrin Indian Tribe Powwow

  • Louisiana • United Houma Nation • Annual Event

    Annual UHN Celebrating ABILITIES Powwow

    The United Houma Nation is spread among six parishes in Southern Louisiana, situated among the interwoven bayous and canals where Houmas traditionally earned a living.  Although these communities are distant by land and road, they were historically very close by water. 

    Each year, well over 1,000 people from these communities come together for the Annual Celebrating Abilities Powwow to raise awareness of people with disabilities.  Held in March the weekend before the Denver March Powwow, the Celebrating Abilities Powwow is sponsored in part by the tribe’s Vocational Rehabilitation Program, which provides employment services to disabled members of the UHN and the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.

    The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, watch native dance competitions, and feast on traditional fare, including Indian tacos, fry bread, white beans, and shrimp boulettes.   Arts and crafts – including the Houma Nation’s famous basketry – will be on sale.

    The powwow feels like a family reunion and an opportunity for surrounding communities to experience the UHN culture, which thrived in Louisiana for centuries before French explorers arrived. UHN tribe members have endured discrimination, exploitation, and marginalization since European contact, but they are still thriving along the Louisiana Bayous.

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    Contact: (985)223-3093
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