American Indian Powwow
Attend a Native American Powwow ceremony showcasing customs of Native Americans. Dancers and drummers in full regalia will entertain and provide an opportunity to experience culture of the original Americans. You will also observe demonstrations and storytelling, and have the opportunity to visit with vendors selling traditional crafts and original artwork.
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Local Powwow Information and Sign Up
Red River Powwow
Held in Caldwell each Fall. The 2017 Event will take place September 23rd and 24th at the O'Connor Field House in Caldwell. Deadline to sign-up is Monday, September 18th.
Seven Arrows Powwow
Held at BSU each spring. Dates for 2018 will be posted when they are available but typically is held in mid to late April.
Powwow's began originally as a healing ceremony conducted by Native American spiritual leaders. Eventually these ceremonies grew to include celebration of a successful hunt , giving thanks to the spirits for a bountiful harvest and preparing warriors for battle.
Native Americans believed in all things living and spiritual and viewed life and death as an inevitable circle. Some of the powwow ceremonies conducted celebrated with tribal drums, dancing, food, chanting and traditional healing rituals. They acted out ancient stories handed through the generations, which kept their history alive.
Today, the powwow tradition is still alive. Usually centered around changing seasons, powwow ceremonies are typically located in areas where a large concentration of Native American tribes exist. Today the powwow has more of a festival feel with traditional dances as well as various religious ceremonies re-enacted for the general public.