Plains Indian Museum Powwow // © 2012 Buffalo Bill Historical Center
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center’s longest-running public program, the Plains Indian Museum Powwow, has brought together native dancers, drum groups, historians and artisans alike to share their Northern Plains culture with spectators for 31 years. The event, which takes place in Cody, Wyo., June 16-17, features Lakota, Wyo., educator Gloria Goggles, who uses hands-on activities for visitors to learn about powwow dance, etiquette, tradition and song with the return of the popular Powwow Learning Tipi. Also on view are native arts and crafts, making the powwow an authentic celebration of the Spirit of the American West.
Events include the Grand Entry, during which all participants make their way into the powwow arena. After 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, the competitive dancing begins. There are categories for all ages, and in various categories including jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, traditional and chicken dance. With some dances, spectators are even invited to come to the arena floor and share the celebration.
Admission at the gate is $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for youths 7 to 17, and free for children ages 6 and younger.