Plains Indian Museum Powwow Set for June 19-20 at Buffalo Bill Historical Center

Monday, June 07 2010 03:00   Native Americans
Native American dancers representing 42 tribes from across the United States will be gathering June 19-20 in Cody, Wyoming for the 29th annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow to be held at the Robbie Powwow Garden at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

The dancers, in handcrafted regalia, will compete for more than $30,000 in cash and other prizes. Competitive dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, and chicken dance.

Spectators are invited to watch the competition and can also learn more about powwow dances, etiquette, traditions, and songs from Lakota educator Gloria Goggles at the Powwow Learning Tipi.

Saturday specials-winner-take all contests that give the dancers the opportunity to earn additional recognition and awards-include Men's Traditional and Women's Fancy Shawl (sponsored by Artie Yellowhorse). Sunday specials include the Chicken Dance and Team Dancing.

Outside the dance arena, 44 arts vendors will exhibit and sell authentic beadwork, quillwork, Indian jewelry, basketry, pottery, clothing, paintings, and sculpture. Food concessions will offer frybread and Indian tacos as well as burgers, brats, buffalo burgers, and soft drinks.

Grand entry times will be noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday.

Master of Ceremonies for the powwow will be Robert "Corky" Old Horn from Crow Agency, Montana.

Leo "Chico" Her Many Horses from Ethete, Wyoming, will return as Arena Director along with Head Judge Garrett Goggles, also from Ethete.

The Host Drum group will be the Crazy Horse Singers from Oglala, South Dakota, with additional drum groups from Wyoming and Montana. The Apsaalooke Nation Guard from Crow Agency will serve as Color Guard.

The annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow is the largest, longest-running public program at the Center. Although the size of the powwow has increased significantly over the past 29 years, it continues to be a celebration of cultural traditions for the dancers, drummers, and their families.

The difference today, according to the BBHC, lies in the fact that the participants share their traditions with a much wider audience of more than 4,000 visitors from around the world. These visitors find the two days of powwow filled with colorful dancers of all ages, authentic Native American arts and crafts for sale, the Learning Tipi, and concessions - all "celebrating the Spirit of the American West."

While at the Center, visitors also can view two BBHC exhibits about Native Americans. They include "Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art," featuring over 140 objects of unique artistry and powerful cultural expression from the Northeastern Woodlands, Plateau, and Plains regions, and "Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier," with original 1898 photographs of Native American performers of Buffalo Bill's Wild West.

Powwow tickets are good for one day only and must be purchased at the gate. Admission is $7 for adults 18 and older, $3 for youths 7 to 17, and free for children 6 and younger. Historical Center members receive a $1 discount with presentation of their membership card. The Robbie Powwow Garden is an outdoor grass amphitheater with limited bleacher seating; visitors may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets.

For more information call the Center at (307) 587-4771, or visit .


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