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Montana Powwows


DRUMS UNDER HAND AND PRAIRIE UNDER FOOT

For anyone who’s never been to a real Indian powwow it can be an unprecedented sensory experience. Here is where Indian culture is passed to the next generation and a rich heritage is honored. Everyone is welcome at a powwow, but please be respectful when video taping and taking pictures. For some ceremonies you may be asked to refrain from recording. Likewise, some dancers may prefer to not be photographed. Be patient as powwows tend to not be rigid in following a schedule.

HERE'S A ROUNDUP OF THREE MONTANA
POWWOWS NOT TO BE MISSED:

1) NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN DAYS

Powwow DancersThe largest Blackfeet Tribal event of the year, this is a dramatic and impressive event. Hosting Native Americans from all over the United States and Canada, it features traditional drumming and dancing contests, as well as a parade, fun run and the crowning of Miss Blackfeet. If you are visiting the Blackfeet Nation, Glacier National Park is only 40 miles away.

If you are visiting the Blackfeet Nation, Glacier National Park is only 40 miles away.

2) THE WADOPANA CELEBRATION

Powwow DancersMontana’s oldest powwow. Always the first weekend in August, dancers compete for cash and prizes, family members are honored and a full docket of games, runs and outdoor activities are in store. Thursday is camping and the annual community feed. A truly amazing experience.


3) CROW FAIR AND RODEO

Powwow DancersRevered as the tepee capital of the world, this annual celebration along the banks of the Little Bighorn River is a favorite of Indians from every western state and Canada. There is a parade every morning, an all-Indian rodeo, wild horse races and of course, Indian dancing.