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Home Things to Do Festivals Plains Indian Museum Powwow Celebrates 30th Anniversary

Plains Indian Museum Powwow Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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The Plains Indian Museum Powwow, Buffalo Bill Historical Center's (BBHC) longest-running public program, celebrates its 30th anniversary June 18 and 19, 2011 with exciting dancing, drum groups and art vendors.

Held at the BBHC's Robbie Powwow Garden in Cody, Wyoming, the powwow celebrates the vibrant cultural traditions of the West's Northern Plains tribes. Among the highlights are the grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon on Sunday.

corey_leclaireCompetitive dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, golden age, and chicken dance. Spectators are invited to watch the competition and can also visit the Powwow Learning Tipi hosted by Lakota educator Gloria Goggles to learn about powwow dances, etiquette, traditions, and songs.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m. each day. Powwow runs until about 9 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The powwow began in 1982 with just a few dancers and one group of singers who stopped to participate on their way to another powwow.

It has since grown to include several hundred dancers, including men, women, and children ranging in age from "tiny tots" to golden age, representing some 30 tribes from across the Plains. There will be at least a dozen drum groups, about 4,000 spectators, and more than 40 arts vendors. Dancers compete for more than $30,000 in cash and other prizes.

Grand entries usher the dancers into the arena with a welcome and an opening prayer, flag and victory songs from the host drum, the posting of flags by the color guard, and a pipe invocation.

Tickets for the Plains Indian Museum Powwow must be purchased at the gate and are good for one day of the event only. 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.

Interested arts vendors and dancers may contact Rebecca West at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (307) 578.4049. For general information visit www.bbhc.org or contact Nancy McClure at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or (307) 578.4102.


 
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