Pow Wows by Month

Pow Wows are social and cultural gatherings of Native Americans that celebrate their heritage, traditions, and spirituality. They usually involve dancing, singing, drumming, and feasting, as well as honoring the elders, veterans, and ancestors. Most Pow Wows are open to the public and anyone can join in the festivities.

Pow Wows are held throughout the year, but some months are more popular than others, depending on what part of the country you are in. Winter is the most popular season in southern states like Florida, Spring in southwestern states like Arizona and New Mexico, and Summer and Fall in the northern states.

The following is a list of some of the most common months for Pow Wows and what to expect at each one:

January: This is a quiet month for Pow Wows, as many tribes observe a winter break or hibernation period. However, some Pow Wows may still take place indoors or in warmer regions. For example, the Thunder on the Beach Pow Wow in Florida is held every January1.

February: This month marks the beginning of the Pow Wow season for many tribes, especially those in the Southwest. The World Championship Hoop Dance Contest in Arizona is one of the most prestigious events of the year, where dancers compete with intricate hoop formations.

March: This month is often associated with spring and renewal, and many Pow Wows celebrate the changing of the seasons. The Denver March Pow Wow in Colorado is one of the largest and oldest Pow Wows in the country, attracting thousands of participants and spectators.

April: This month is also a time of celebration and renewal, as many tribes honor their ancestors and traditions. The Gathering of Nations in New Mexico is the biggest Pow Wow in North America, featuring over 3,000 dancers and singers from hundreds of tribes.

May: This month is usually a busy one for Pow Wows, as many tribes prepare for the summer season. The Red Earth Festival in Oklahoma is a showcase of Native American art, culture, and dance, with over 100 tribes represented.

June: This month is the peak of the Pow Wow season, as many tribes celebrate their culture and history. The Crow Fair in Montana is one of the largest Native American events in the world, with over 1,500 teepees and 10,000 attendees.

July: This month is also a popular one for Pow Wows, as many tribes commemorate their independence and sovereignty. The Oglala Lakota Nation Wacipi and Fair in South Dakota is one of the most important events for the Sioux people, featuring traditional ceremonies and competitions.

There is a pow wow every weekend in July in Montana, from the more than 100th consecutive Arlee pow wow from the last week in June through July 4, to the Blackfoot North American Indian Days near Glacier Park the 2nd weekend in July, to the Valley of the Chiefs Powwow and Rodeo is held at Lodge Grass, Montana the last weekend in July.

August: This month is another busy one for Pow Wows, as many tribes enjoy the summer weather and festivities. The Omaha Nation Pow Wow in Nebraska is one of the oldest and most respected Pow Wows in the region, dating back to the1800s.

September: This month marks the end of the summer season and the beginning of the fall season. Many Pow Wows celebrate the harvest and thanksgiving, such as the Cherokee National Holiday in Oklahoma.

October: This month is also a time of gratitude and reflection, as many tribes honor their elders and veterans. The Morongo Thunder and Lightning Pow Wow in California is one of the most spectacular events of the year, featuring fireworks and night dances.

November: This month is often associated with Native American Heritage Month, a national recognition of the contributions and achievements of Native Americans. Many Pow Wows celebrate this occasion, such as the Native American Music Awards in New York.

December: This month is a festive one for Pow Wows, as many tribes celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Some Pow Wows also incorporate winter solstice ceremonies and traditions, such as the Soboba Winter Gathering in California.

Pow Wows are a wonderful way to experience Native American culture and spirituality. Most of them are open to everyone who respects and appreciates their diversity and beauty. To find a Pow Wow near you or learn more about them, visit the Pow Wow Calendars in this section.