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Leland Butler Jr., Kelly Sixkiller and San Poil Whitehead dance at the Siletz Pow Wow.

Pow Wow Weekend Planner


The rhythm. The pulse of the drum reverberating on Mother Earth, tickling your feet through your moccasins. The circle of singers – some in their regalia – each pinching at that protrusion on their neck to give them that high pitch, find themselves instinctively grinning now and again. It’s the hour that prompts the smile – an ancient smirk. Like the dancers, the singers revel in these cherished moments. This is pow wow country, and here’s your pow wow list for this weekend.

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Spirit of Nations Powwow and Heritage Festival

When & where: Aug. 10, Chilhowee Park, 3301 E. Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee

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22nd Annual Odawa Homecoming Pow Wow

When & where: Aug. 10-11, Odawa pow wow grounds, 7500 Odawa Circle, Harbor Springs

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Annual Nesika Illahee Pow Wow

When & where: Aug. 9-11, Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow Wow Grounds, Government Hill, Siletz, Oregon

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Tre Jackson, wearing a traditional custom, dances at the Siletz Pow Wow. (Photo courtesy

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