Plains Indian Museum Powwow

June 18, 2016 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Center of the West's Robbie Powwow Garden
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414
Adults $10 / youth 7-17 $5 / 6 & younger free / dancers, drums, & their families free

Celebrate Native culture, dance, and arts

Join us for the 35th annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow, a cultural celebration and competitive dance competition, on June 18 and 19, 2016.

Powwow dancer D'andre Augustine, 2015. Photo by Ken Blackbird.

Powwow dancer D’andre Augustine, 2015. Photo by Ken Blackbird.

Grand Entries:

  • June 18: Noon and 6 p.m.
  • June 19: Noon

Dancers, drum groups, and artists from Northern Plains tribes gather to celebrate their vibrant cultural traditions and histories. Dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, and chicken dance. Men, women, teens, and children compete in various age groups for more than $25,000 in prizes. The Learning Tipi is a popular educational program that invites visitors to discover the traditions of powwow.

Visitors shop for authentic Indian jewelry, beadwork, quillwork, clothing, basketry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, and more at more than forty vendor booths, and enjoy fry bread and Indian taco vendors, as well as food and beverage concessions.

An honoring for Dr. Joseph Medicine Crow takes place Saturday evening after the 6 p.m. grand entry. To read a tribute to our dear friend and honored elder, click here.

Click here for the poster

Admission Prices and Information

Powwow begins at noon both days with a Grand Entry. On Saturday a second Grand Entry takes place at 6 p.m. Powwow runs till about 9 p.m. Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday. Gate opens to the public at 9:30 a.m. each day. Tickets are available at the gate or at the Center’s admissions desk beginning the Monday before Powwow. Admission is good for one day of the event.

  • $10 for adults (18 and older)
  • $5 for youths (7 – 17)
  • Children 6 and younger free
  • Dancers, drums, and their family members admitted free
  • Center members receive $1 discount on admission price each day with a valid membership card
  • Press passes are available with prior arrangements

Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or blankets for our outdoor grass amphitheater. No pets please. For travel and lodging information contact the Cody Chamber of Commerce. For questions about visiting the Buffalo Bill Center of the West e-mail Nancy McClure or call 307-578-4102.

For Our Dancers

Dancers and their families receive a free pass to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West exhibits at dancer registration. Registration 8 a.m. – noon Saturday; late registration or for specials on stage both days. Contact: e-mail Rebecca West or call 307-578-4049.

2016 Powwow grounds map, vendorsVendor Information

Our powwow includes 47 vendors who sell arts and crafts made by enrolled members of North American Indian tribes and Nations. No food booths please.

Vendor spaces are shown on the map at the right; click for the full-size view of the map. Refer to the below list to find out which spaces that are still open:

Vendor spaces available:

  • 12
  • 20 – 23
  • 36, 37, 39
  • 44, 46

For more information on applying for a vendor space, e-mail Evan Hawkins or call 307-578-4052.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Sponsors of the 2016 Plains Indian Museum Powwow:

In 2016, the Plains Indian Museum Powwow is sponsored through the generous support of Choice Aviation; Whole Foods Trading Company in Cody, Wyoming; The Local; Whole Foods Trading Company.

View a video glimpse of a powwow:

For information on all events, please visit our Events page.



  1. A.J. Bell says

    North Bear Singers have been to the powwow in Cody in the past. North Bear just might make another trip there again for another round of singing for the dancers and the people.

    • Nancy McClure says

      Clint – while there is a campground near us, our summers here are very busy, especially on the weekend of our annual powwow. I’m sure nearby locations are booked up months in advance.

  2. says

    Bonjour, je suis trop loin, en France région de Toulouse. Mais mon cœur est avec vous. Je vous aime tous cousins du Canada. Mon rêve, y finir ma vie. Dans une de vos tribus. Je suis encore jeune, je n’ai que 84 ans. Et je chasse encore le gros gibier, et ce en montagne, dans les Pyrénées. Et toujours bon pied et bon œil. Cordialement a tous. Armand R .

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