Competitive dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, and chicken dance. Men, women, teens, and children compete in various age groups for more than $25,000 in prizes. The popular Learning Tipi of Lakota educator Gloria Goggles, from Fort Washakie, Wyoming, is a popular educational program that invites visitors to discover the traditions of powwow.
Visitors shop for authentic Indian jewelry, bead and quillwork, clothing, basketry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, and more at more than forty vendor booths, and enjoy fry bread and Indian taco vendors, as well as food and beverage concessions.
Our new Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Gallery opens Powwow weekend, June 15. Read more.
Curious about the history of powwows and powwow dance styles? Our Web site is just the beginning to your powwow experience…
Powwow begins at noon both days with a Grand Entry. On June 15 there is a second Grand Entry at 6 p.m. Powwow runs till about 9 p.m. on June 15 and 6 p.m. on June 16. Gate opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. each day. Tickets are available at the gate or at the Center’s admissions desk beginning the Monday before Powwow. Admission is good for one day of the event.
Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for our outdoor grass amphitheater. Please—no pets. For travel and lodging information contact the Cody Chamber of Commerce. For questions about visiting the Buffalo Bill Historical Center e-mail Nancy McClure or call 307.578.4102.
Dancers and their families receive a free pass to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center exhibits at dancer registration. Registration 8 a.m. – noon Saturday; late registration or for specials on stage both days. Contact: e-mail Rebecca West or call 307.578.4049.
Information for potential vendors who are selling arts and crafts made by enrolled members of North American Indian tribes and Nations will be posted in 2013. No food booths please. Click here for a 2013 Vendor Registration Form. For more information on vendor spaces, e-mail Rebecca or call 307.578.4049.
The Plains Indian Museum Powwow is sponsored through the generous support of Dan and Mary Armour; Choice Aviation in Cody, WY, Ennis, MT, Glasgow, MT, Hamilton, MT and Stevensville, MT; and Hal and Amalia Ramser.
Click here to see the winners in each of our dance categories at last year’s powwow.
For information on all events, please visit our Events page.
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