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Pow Wow Weekend Planner

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What are your weekend plans?

Here at Indian Country Today Media Network, we like a little pow wow action in our weekends. We’ve put together a little list of some pow wows that are taking place this weekend all around the country. So if you’ve got some time on your hands for tasty food, lively music, vibrant dances and stunning art, these are the events for you.

Inter-Tribal Gathering and Elders Dinner, California

When & Where: November 12, 2011 at the Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in Eureka, California. Celebrating its 30th year, the Northwest Inter-Tribal Gathering and Elders Dinner promises to be a rememberable event. Gates will open at 10am on Saturday. Dinner will be served at noon that includes roasted turkey and open-pit baked salmon. The Elder’s Gifting Ceremony will be held at 3pm. The day will also include an American Indian arts and craft sale, native singer, traditional powwow dances and drums like the Shake Head and the Hoop Dance. For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: Connie 707.445.8451;

Admission: Free

DC Native Community Round Dance, Washington D.C.

When & Where: November 12, 2011 at the Eastern Market North Hall in Washington D.C. Beginning at 6pm, the DC Native Community invites everyone to join them in celebrating all Native Veterans and Youth with a Round Dance on Saturday. According to their flyer, the powwow will include traditional Native American foods, music, dancing, face painting, and prizes. For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: Reno Cambridge 202.544.0344;

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22nd Annual Texas Championship Pow Wow, Texas

When & Where: November 12, 2011 to November 13, 3011 at Traders Village in Houston, Texas. This weekend event will begin each day at 11:30am with the Grand Entry at noon. As dancers compete for the grand prize of $15,000, spectators will delight in emerging themselves in Native American culture while eating traditional foods like fry bread, watching special flute and drum performances, and shopping through the Arts & Crafts Expo. Dance competition categories range from Tiny Tots to Ladies Jingle Dance. For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: 281.890.5500;

Admission: Free

MCNAA Annual National Native American Heritage Day Pow Wow, Massachusetts

When & Where: November 13, 2011 at the Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Sunday’s festivities will include pottery and flute making demonstrations, storytelling, and social and inter-tribal dances with a special performance by The Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers. Vendors will be selling traditional Native American arts and crafts, supplies, clothes and food like buffalo burgers. According to their flyer, an educational workshop will be available at noon. Workshop attendees will “hear authentic information about Native American culture, identity, and history. Think about where stereotypes are learned and how myths are perpetuated. Ask questions. Unlearn assumptions that have been made about Native Americans. Begin to explore the role of language and the power you have to change inaccurate stories about the First People of this land.” For more information about this event, click here.

Contact: Burne Stanley 617.642.1683;

Admission: Adults $5; Children 16-4 $3; 4-under Free

For more information on this weekend’s pow wows, check our listings page here.