Powwows are traditional social events featuring men’s and women’s dance competitions, drum group competitions among singers who chant while drumming, and “intertribal” dances.
Wyoming’s biggest powwow is the Eastern Shoshone Indian Days, held each summer over the fourth week in June at Fort Washakie.
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Riverton, Wyoming, hosts powwows and weekly Native American events throughout the summer.
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Drummers and dancers from the Northern Plains, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico compete in many categories at the Plains Indian Museum Powwow in Cody in June at the Joe Robbie Powwow Garden.
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In Montana, the Valley of the Chiefs Powwow and Rodeo is held at Lodge Grass, on the Crow Reservation, over the Independence Day weekend. The Crow Fair and Rodeo is featured during the third week of August at Crow Agency. Over the Labor Day weekend, the Ashland Labor Day Powwow is held on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.