2018 Wa:k Pow Wow
Join us for the 36th Annual Wa:k Pow Wow on March 17-18, 2018 behind the San Xavier Mission del Bac Church in Tucson, Arizona. Everyone is welcome at Tucson’s largest gathering of Native American Dancing, Singing, Arts, Crafts, and food.
Begun in 1982 as a small social pow wow to benefit tribal fees committees, the Wa:k Pow Wow has grown in popularity with both participants and spectators. Contemporary festivities begin with cultural dances leading to traditional gourd dancing that gives way to an impressive Grand Entry that is followed by inte-rtribal dancing, team dancing competitions, hoop dancing, two-step dancing, owl dancing, and a drum contest.
Wa:k Pow Wow
Dance contest categories range from Northern and Southern contests for everyone from Tiny Tots to Junior Boys and Girls (everything from grass and fancy to jingle and fancy shawl as well as traditional) to teen boys and girls competition, and women’s and men’s events that also include Golden Age competition for both genders. The variety of dance contests offering cash prizes for the top three winners in each category draws dancers come from other states such as New Mexico, California, Oklahoma, the Dakotas, and beyond.
Contest Registration: $5 per dancer and drummer.
Free – Children 6 & Under
$3 Parking per Vehicle
Master of Ceremonies: Ryan Rumley
Arena Director: Eldred Matt
Head Judge: Yolanda Two Two
Head Man Dancer: Rayland Smith
Head Woman Dancer: Maurisa Two Two
Host Northern Drum: Old School, Scottsdale AZ
Host Southern Drum: Comanche Red, Mesa AZ
Grand Entry Times
Gates Open 10:00 a.m. (daily)
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m.
San Xavier Mission del Bac Church (behind church)
1950 W San Xavier Road
Tucson, AZ 85746
More Information: Phone (520) 573-4014; Email [email protected]
About the Tohono O’odham Tribe
The sponsoring Tohono O’odham tribe, once a semi-nomadic people culturally related to the Akimel O’odham, inhabit miles of desert landscape spread out in non-contiguous segments that total more than 2.8 million acres. The 28,000 enrolled members live in 11 individually-governed districts with the pow wow presenters representing the San Xavier District — in fact, the dancing and drumming takes place in the shadow of the historic Mission San Xavier Del Bac, “The White Dove of the Desert.”
The San Xavier Council, Wa:k Pow Wow Committee, Tohono O’odham Nation of the San Xavier Mission Del Bac does not assume responsibility for any and all accidents, injuries, theft, losses or damages during this event. Absolutely no video cameras, alcohol or drugs allowed.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Wa:k Pow Wow on the third weekend of March in Tucson, Arizona.
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