There are powwows held all across the United States and Canada. Native Americans and First Nations People live all across the nation, so it makes sense that they would hold Powwows across the nation in their communities. Many Natives have reservations, settlements, or tribal lands that the community can use to hold their Powwows. I have traveled all across this nation Powwowing and I thought this would be the perfect place to recommend some powwows for y’all to go to! Here are my top 6 powwows you should go to.
1. Seminole Tribal Fair and Powwow
This powwow takes place on February 10-12, 2017 in Hollywood, FL. Held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, this powwow is a great time to relax and see some amazing dancing and singing. Don’t forget to see the alligators.
2. Denver March Powwow
Although this powwow takes place in the city, you are transported to the sioux nation. This powwow is held on March 24-26, 2017. It is one of the biggest powwows in the nation and there are so many things to see from the vendor booths to the arena filled with drums and dancers. They have one of the longest procession of flags accompanied by veterans in the world. It is truly a great sight to see.
3. Gathering of Nations Powwow
The Largest powwow in North America is no exaggeration. This Powwow in Albuquerque, NM happens on April 27-29, 2017. Including the Pageant for Miss Indian World, all Nations are represented in the arena as dancers from across the U.S. and Canada come to Powwow. Hundreds of Vendors dancers make this powwow one to see.
4. Muckleshoot Veteran’s Powwow
Held in Auburn, WA in mid to late June is a great powwow to see. The weather can be tricky but the singing and dancing more than make up for a little rain. The Powwow has a great vibe for spectators and dancers alike.
5. 2017 Wacipi
The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community knows how to throw a great powwow. Held in Shakopee, MN about a mile away from the Mystic River Casino just outside Minneapolis this community puts together arguably one of the best powwows in the nation. Held August 18-20, 2017 this year, the Powwow Committee invites the best drum groups to sing for the dancers the music is top notch. The dancing is great to see some of the Midwest’s best battle it out. The community also has a meal included with your admissions so you can try some native food.
6. San Manuel Powwow
Held in early October in San Bernardino, CA, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians put on their celebration hosting one of the largest drum contests in the nation. As the Cali weather cools down from summer heat the powwow gives a great distraction from the heat.