5 Great Pow Wows to Finish off the Summer


Summer is fleeting fast, but before the warm temperatures leave us, there are a few more pow wows to take advantage of.

United Tribes International Powwow

This festival begins on September 4 and draws more than 1,500 dancers and 20,000 guests from 70 tribes to the Lone Star Arena at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck, North Dakota. It has become one of the premier cultural events of North Dakota, according to The pow wow is also featured on the US Festivals and Events website.

The pow wow ends on September 7. For more information, click here.


Choctaw Nation Annual Labor Day Festival and Pow Wow

This pow wow from August 29-September 2 is in its 66th year.

“The Nation’s festival is a tradition,” Chief Greg Pyle commented on the Choctaw Nation’s website. “Some of the people have been coming since they were kids. We try to give everyone a chance to enjoy what they like best whether it’s the concerts, the culture, the sports or just the great food.”

The five-day event opens with the tribe’s princess pageant at 7 p.m. on August 29. Neal McCoy, a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year, is also scheduled to perform.


74th Annual Labor Day Pow Wow

According to the website, the 74th Annual Labor Day Pow Wow is hosted by the Meskwaki Annual Pow Wow Association, Sac and Fox Volunteer Committee, Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park, the Black Hawk State Historic Site and IHPA.

The Labor Day pow wow from August 30-September 1, features traditional songs and dances with Kevin Locke, a World Reknown Hoop Dancer, and the Native Pride Dance Troupe will also perform.

It will be held at the Black Hawk State Historic Site in Rock Island, Illinois.


Mahkato Traditional Pow Wow

This pow wow honors the memory of the 38 Dakota who were executed during the US-Dakota War in Mankato near the Minnesota River in 1862. And this year marks the 152nd anniversary of the conflict and tribes will gather in the Land of Memories Park, where the Dakota people held many ceremonies and gatherings before the war.

The three-day event includes the beautiful regalia of the dancers, traditional music, delicious foods and beautiful crafts, says.


The 96th Annual Crow Fair

The 96th Annual Crow Fair (pow wow and rodeo), in Billings, Montana, also known as the “Teepee Capital of the World” started on Thursday, but will continue through the weekend.

The Billings Gazette reported that the pow wow kicked off with Crow-style dancing, and “hundreds of people mingled and enjoyed good food as they anxiously awaited one of the night’s main events: the grand entry.”

RELATED: 'Teepee Capital of the World': The 96th Crow Fair and Rodeo

If there are any more great pow wows before the summer ends (that ICTMN missed), then please comment below.

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