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5 Pow Wows to Check Out Before Thanksgiving Day

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There are several reasons why Natives could skip celebrating Thanksgiving, but there's never a reason not to go to a pow wow. Here are five pow wows to be thankful for this season:

Football Benefit Contest Powwow

The name alone would make men across America get off their couches and have a little outdoor/family/fun time. The Football Benefit Contest Powwow is located at the Whitehorse High School in Montezuma Creek, Utah. It’s a two-day event starting on November 21-22. The pow wow will feature: Arena Director: Derrick Keeswood; Head Gourd Dance: Herman Farley; Head Boy Dancer: Isaac Dishface; Head Girl Dancer: Adrianna Bedonie.

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Pahrump Pow Wow

Pahrump Pow Wow

Forget about Black Friday! Do your shopping at the Pahrump Pow Wow before the crowds start to lineup on Thursday night. The pow wow is located in Pahrump, Nevada on November 21-22.

On Facebook, Pahrump Pow Wow organizers left this message: “Circle painted, bleachers moved into place, picnic tables moved, 3 food vendors set up, 4 craft vendors set up and one on the way. Its coming together. Makes me happy. By tomorrow afternoon all vendors will be open so you can start your holiday shopping. Drums arrive later tomorrow. Its coming together.”

48th Annual Louisiana Indian Heritage Association's Pow Wow

48th Annual Louisiana Indian Heritage Association's Pow Wow

On Saturday, Louisiana’s pow wow community will come together to celebrate their own bit of tradition. LIHA has produced an annual pow wow since 1967. Before ‘67, Native’s travelled to Texas or Oklahoma to attend a powwow. This event can be your new Thanksgiving tradition.

The pow wow is located in Gonzales, Louisiana from November 22-23.

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19th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

The 19th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration was named a “Top 20” event by the Southeast Tourism Society. The pow wow features drum groups, musicians, dancers, artists and storytellers, many are from North Carolina’s eight tribes.

On November 22 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the celebration begins. It’s also the perfect way to round out Native American Heritage Month and honor Native culture.

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Thanksgiving Day Powwow Poarch Band of Creek Indians

44th Anniversary Poarch Creek Indians Thanksgiving Pow Wow

A pow wow with a holiday theme is even more special, especially if there will be more than $75,000 in prizes!

On Thanksgiving Day, the Poarch Creek Indians will host their 44th annual pow wow. The two-day event, November 27-28, is held in Atmore, Alabama, and features an “all-tournament style” pow wow contest: Men’s Traditional vs. Men’s Chicken; Men’s Fancy vs. Men’s Grass; Women’s Fancy vs. Women’s Jingle; Women’s Cloth vs. Women’s Buckskin; and Northern, Southern, 3-man hand drum contests.