Welcome to the 99th  Annual

"Where East meets West"

Live Feed-Meskwaki Powwow

Courtesy of Meskwaki I.T.
5K Walk/Run
9am Sunday August 11
Registration 8 to 8:45

Sponsored by
CTAS Prevention Counselors

Meskwaki Diabetes Program
Meskwaki Wellness Program
MC's for the event are Ben Bear and Larry Yazzie. Larry is a champion fancy dancer.

Powwow T-shirts will be available at the powwow.

$15.00. White and Purplish.
Settlement School registration

7:30-3:30 Monday August 12 & Tuesday August 13 at both of the Settlement Schools.
  Princess: Kayla Dye
Jr Princess: Kaitlynn Jefferson

The Annual Meskwaki Powwow originated from the traditional religious and social beliefs of the Meskwaki Tribe. Today, it is not so much a religious event, but more of a social gathering. Specifically, today’s event is derived from the “Green Corn Dance” and other social events of the Tribe in their early years. The “Green Corn Dance” was an annual event that took place during the harvesting of crops.

The “Field Days” held from 1902 to 1912, lasted about a week, with dancing, games, and horse racing. It was a social gathering without a harvest.

In 1912, the Chief appointed 15 men to plan for the next year. The appointed men decided to change the name from “Field Days” to “Powwow”. The first powwow was held at the present location.

Today, the Meskwaki Powwow is the only one of its kind and is held annually on the only Indian Settlement in the State of Iowa. During the four day affair, the gathered Indians celebrate and perform, in full-dress regalia, dances that have been handed down for generations.

It is the dancing that has drawn the most attention from the outside world, for it is by far the most colorful and intriguing aspect of the Powwow. It is a time of reaffirmation and hope, of worship and kinship, and, above all, a time of friendship and making new friends.

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