What’s Ahead: A Comprehensive Guide to Upcoming Events in Indian Country
Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
July 13–15, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico
July 20–22, Post Falls, Idaho
Winnebago Pow Wow
July 26–29, Winnebago, Nebraska
Samson Cree Nation Pow Wow
August 9–12, Hobbema, Alberta
Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Wacipi
August 17–19, Prior Lake, Minnesota
United Tribes International Powwow
September 6–9, Bismarck, North Dakota
September 7–9, Mendota, Minnesota
He Sapa Wacipi Na Oskate
October, Rapid City, South Dakota
TRIBAL FAIRS & RODEOS
Oglala Nation Fair & Rodeo
August 2–5, Pine Ridge, South Dakota
The Oglala Lakota’s annual tribal fair, pow wow, and rodeo is for anyone who wants to experience the Lakota culture and the abundant beauty of the Plains.
August 15–20, Crow Agency, Montana
Considered the largest modern American Indian encampment in the world, the annual Crow Fair celebration is a monumental gala for the Apsáalooke Nation.
Navajo Nation Fair
September 2–9, Window Rock, Arizona
Established in 1938, this annual fair has become a world-renowned showcase for Navajo arts and crafts, agriculture and heritage.
Indian National Finals Rodeo
November 6–10, Las Vegas, Nevada
The largest and oldest Indian rodeo organization in the world, the Indian National Finals Rodeo sanctions nearly 700 rodeos nationwide. In addition, it works with a variety of youth rodeo associations, as well the National High School Rodeo Association and the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association.
FESTIVALS & EVENTS
Cherokee Festival of Native Peoples
July 13–14, Cherokee, North Carolina
Indigenous tribes from across the Four Corners and from Central and South America gather for this eighth annual gathering at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee.
Ganondagan Native American Dance & Music Festival
July 28–29, Victor, New York
This festival is the Ganondagan State Historical Site’s annual summer event, featuring traditional musicians, dancers, storytellers, and artists sharing their cultural heritage, arts and crafts with all who attend.
USA-Canada Canoe Border Crossing
August 10, Detroit, Michigan
The local aboriginal communities from the metro Detroit and Windsor, Ontario areas will gather at Detroit’s Belle Isle park for the USA-Canada Canoe Border Crossing as a peaceful demonstration of the rights that were enshrined in the Jay Treaty.
SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
August 18–19, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This event, now 91 years old, is by far the largest and most prestigious Native art market in the world. More than 1,100 Native artists from the U.S. and Canada sell their artwork, attracting approximately 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world.
Festival of American Indian Arts
September 28–30, Camp Verde, Arizona
With 70 stalls, the fourth annual arts festival is quickly becoming an institution on the Native art scene. Look for the Festival of Native American Films featuring movies by and about Native cultures and experiences.
Wolf Creek Habitat Native American Gathering
October 13–14, Brookville, Indiana
This eighth annual Wolf Creek gathering offers a wide variety of colorful dancing, drumming and flutes, with lots of great food to boot.
Moundville Native American Festival
October, Moundville, Alabama
Located at the University of Alabama’s Moundville Archaeological Park, the Moundville Native American Festival will present many performers, artists, craftspeople and tradition bearers who will be entertaining and educating visitors about the rich culture and heritage that makes Southeastern Indians unique. All ages are welcome.