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.
Powwows on the Wind River Reservation Southeast of Yellowstone
There are two major powwows in Wind River Country each year. The American Bus Association named the Eastern Shoshone Indian Days one of its top 100 events. It’s held the third weekend in June in Ft. Washakie and is Wyoming’s largest powwow. The other, known as the Ethete Celebration, is hosted by the Northern Arapaho tribe and held in Ethete, usually in July.
For more information go to www.windriver.org/page/native-american-powwows
Riverton, Wyoming, hosts powwows and weekly Native American events throughout the summer. Go to rivertonchamber.org.
Powwows in Cody, Wyoming east of Yellowstone
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. Go to centerofthewest.org
Montana Powwows North of Yellowstone
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.