The 10 Biggest Pow Wows in Indian Country
Powwow season is almost upon us.
Warm weather brings out drum groups, singers, dancers and the beloved Indian taco stands. The United States hosts hundreds of powwows every year, but which ones draw in the largest crowds? Going by the number of spectators, Indian Country Today lists the 10 largest gatherings in the United States.
10. Thunderbird Powwow
Queens, New York (July 25-27)
New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow brings out around 4,000 people per day and has around 180 dancers. It takes place at the Queens Country Farm Museum, the only working historical farm in New York City, and this year will be their 36th annual pow wow.
9. Eastern Shoshone Indian Days
Fort Washakie, Wyoming (June 27-29)
As the largest pow wow in Wyoming, Eastern Shoshone Indian Days has been around for 55 years. The powwow averages around 4,000 people, but at least 1,800 Natives show up to dance. They host more than 30 drum groups, and the event opens up with an all-Indian parade. Throughout the weekend the tribe offers a feast, as well as softball, golf and basketball tournaments. The pow wow also coincides with a neighboring rodeo.
8. Hart of the West Powwow
New Hall, California (September 27-28)
Los Angeles County’s largest powwow, Hart of the West gets around 5,000 people a day visiting the Hart Park and Museum. While not a contest pow wow, Hart of the West does do a princess competition and estimates that between 140 -200 dancers show up every year. It is known for keeping with Native values and traditions, and is embraced by California’s Chumash and Tatavium people.
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