2019 Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow
Join us for the 56th Annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow on August 8-11, 2019 on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Fort Hall, Idaho. The festival is always held the second weekend in August. The Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow is a top-rated powwow complete with traditional Native American dancing, singing and arts and crafts. Thousands of Native Americans from all over North America compete in singing and dance competitions featuring some of the top dancers and drum groups in North America.
Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow: Grand Entry
Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow activities include the Fort Hall All -Indian Jr/Sr Rodeo, Miss Shoshone-Bannock Contest, All-Indian Festival Parade, Children’s Day Powwow, Festival Princess Contest, Traditional Indian Handgames, Indian Relay Horse Races, Buffalo and Salmon Feast, Indian Art Show and many others. Enjoy authentic Native American food and arts and crafts. Tribal elders share words of wisdom about their proud culture. Few events offer a better opportunity to enrich your knowledge and appreciation for native tribal customs and culture than the Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow.
Thursday morning marks the beginning of the annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow. Every year, the Children’s Parade starts the four-day event. Around 10:00 a.m., the main streets in Fort Hall will be lined with eager onlookers as they wait for the colorful floats to pass by. The parade features the Miss Shoshone-Bannock nominees, the Fort Hall travel and safety departments, horse riders, a baby buffalo, children dressed in traditional attire and everything else that depicts Native American culture at its finest. The purpose of the parade is to teach children about the culture and give them a strong sense of identity.
All events are open to the public.
Thursday 10:00 am – Children’s Parade
Saturday 10:00 am – Festival Parade
Both parades start at Fort Hall Elementary at 10:00 AM and ends at the Dance Arbor. Registration for the parade: 7:30AM – 9:00AM at the Fort Hall Elementary parking lot.
Fort Hall Elementary: B Street, Fort Hall, Idaho; Parade Committee: email@example.com
Grand Entry Schedule
Thursday 7:00 PM
Friday 7:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Dance and Singer Registration:
Friday – 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM and Saturday – 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow Mini Gallery
MCs: Vince Beyl – Bemidji, Minnesota and Bart Powaukee, Fort Duchesne, Utah
Northern Host: The Boyz, Twin Cities MN
Southern Host: Wild Band of Comanches, Fletcher OK
Sound System: Jerry Bear Sounds
Sho-Ban Festival Grounds
Fort Hall, Idaho 82303
For more information:
Festival Event Coordinator: 208-520-4024 firstname.lastname@example.org
Powwow Committee: 208-241-6527 email@example.com
Since 1964: How the Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow Got Its Start
In August 1964, the former Recreation Director Reeves Nawoosky (Comanche) planned a year end celebration after a successful summer of recreation activities in Fort Hall. The event was called a social powwow that drew in many young and old dancers and local drum groups to celebrate. One of the main highlights was the Miss Shoshone-Bannock pageant that drew in over 10 plus young ladies from around the reservation. This tradition continues every year.
Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow: Men’s Grass
Original Crown In Museum
Today, the beaded sash is still worn but in 2006 the original crown was retired and is presently housed at the local Tribal museum. Each contestant competes every August in the areas of: public speaking, personal interview, traditional dish, traditional dance and a traditional talent. Miss Shoshone-Bannock is a Tribal ambassador and role model for the younger generations.
The cultural pageant was the first of its kind and considered to be a prestigious new title for young Shoshone-Bannock women. Each contestant wore their finest handmade deer skin dresses and family beadwork. The winner held the title for one year where she relinquished her title the following year at the powwow. It wasn’t until the late 1970’s, where the winner was given a fully beaded ‘Miss Shoshone-Bannock’ sash and matching turquoise crown with the Shoshone rose to wear throughout her reign.
Fort Hall Indian Relay
The Indian Relay races have long since been a part of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes culture. The sport actually originated here on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation over a hundred years ago. Many families that participated in the sport decades ago are still participating and passing this legacy on from generation to generation. The Indian Relay teams consist of three horses and four team members (1 rider, 1 catcher (Mugger), and 2 holders). The rider must complete a lap with each horse riding bareback. The rider must dismount without any help from their team mates and without losing control of their horses.
To join the festival as a vendor, complete the appropriate vendor form and follow the instructions. Contact us directly if we can assist in any way. The Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow grounds have a large number of booths – both covered and open.
Booth Types: Covered Booths, Open Booths, Food Booths
Vendor Committee: 208-478-3718 firstname.lastname@example.org
Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center
I-15 Exit 80, Fort Hall, ID 83203 | 855.746.2268 | email@example.com
The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel & Event Center is owned by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes welcomes guests to Southern Idaho’s newest destination adjacent to the popular Fort Hall Casino. Deluxe accommodations include the luxurious Cedar Spa, delicious dining at the Camas Sports Grill and 15,000 square feet of Event Center meeting space. Conveniently located off Interstate 15, 10 miles North of Pocatello, and only two and a half hours away from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park, the new destination offers a Las Vegas style experience close to home for guests traveling near or far. AAA member discounts are available at time of reservation.
About the Fort Hall Reservation
The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are located on the Fort Hall Reservation in Southeastern Idaho, between the cities of Pocatello, American Falls, and Blackfoot. The Reservation is divided into five districts: Fort Hall, Lincoln Creek, Ross Fork, Gibson, and Bannock Creek. Currently, 97% of the Reservation lands are owned by the Tribes and individual Indian ownership.
The Tribes are composed of several Shoshone and Bannock bands that were forced to the Fort Hall Reservation, which eventually became the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes. There are approximately 5,681 enrolled tribal members with a majority living on or near the Fort Hall Reservation. Through its self-governing rights afforded under the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 and the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, the Tribes manages its own schools, post office, grocery store, waste disposal, agriculture and commercial businesses, rural transits, casinos, and more.
Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow Disclaimer
Shoshone Bannock Tribes, the Fort Hall Rodeo and Festival Committees are not responsible for accidents, divorces, marriages, lost/stolen items. The Festival Events are family oriented events. Drugs, Alcohol and Weapons are NOT ALLOWED!The Shoshone-Bannock Festival & Tribes will not be held responsible for any damages, theft, injuries or accidents sustained while on the premises or while participating in any and all Festival activities that may occur through negligence by the individual, spectator(s), friend(s), and/or relatives.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Shoshone-Bannock Festival Powwow on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Fort Hall, Idaho.
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