Visitors to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow each June are not only awed by the competitive dancing and exquisite dance regalia, but also enjoy unique shopping opportunities at the booths of the more than 40 vendors set up outside the dance arena. The authentic Native-made art, jewelry, beadwork, pottery, and much more, available for purchase add to the atmosphere of cultural celebration at the powwow.
The 36th Annual Powwow takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 17 and 18, at the Robbie Powwow Garden at the southeast corner of the Center of the West’s grounds. Space is still available for additional, qualified vendors who wish to apply to participate. Interested vendors who are enrolled members of North American Indian tribes and nations should contact Hunter Old Elk, Plains Indian Museum Curatorial Assistant and Powwow Vendor Coordinator, at 307-578-4012 or [email protected] to reserve a space.
Potential vendors may also visit centerofthewest.org/event/plains-indian-museum-powwow for more information, and to view a diagram of vendor space locations around the powwow grounds. Download the vendor registration form there, or directly at centerofthewest.org/PowwowVendorReg.
Powwow Grand Entries are at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday, June 17 and noon Sunday, June 18. Dancers range in age from Tiny Tots (children 6 and younger) to Golden Age (55 and older). Competitive dance categories include traditional, grass, and fancy for men and boys; and traditional, fancy shawl, and jingle for women and girls. Additional special dances are announced in advance of the event.
Powwow tickets are available at the gate the days of the event (good for one day only), or in advance at the Center’s admissions desks. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. each day. Tickets: $10 for adults 18 and older; $5 for youths 7 to 17; free for children 6 and younger. Center of the West members receive a $1 discount with a valid membership card. Ticket prices are separate from Center of the West general admission. The Center extends free admission for both the Powwow and the Center’s museums to participating dancers, drums, and their family members.
As noted above, arts vendors may contact Old Elk at [email protected] or 307-578-4012. Dancers and drums may contact Rebecca West at [email protected] or 307-578-4049. For general visitor information contact [email protected]
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.