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2019 Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

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Join us for the 33rd Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow on July 13-15, 2019 at the Taos Pueblo Buffalo Grounds in Taos, New Mexico. Note: This is a tentative date and information based on prior years. The powwow was cancelled in 2018 for reorganization and is scheduled for relaunch in 2019. Check back for more details.It will be a weekend of beautiful indigenous dancing and singing, arts & crafts vendors, and food vendors as well! There are many arts and crafts and food vendors that set up at the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow. Sterling silver jewelry, beadwork, shawls, paintings, and the like will be for sale at the numerous booths that encircle the pow wow grounds. There is also a variety of different foods like curly fries, fried bread, bratwurst & sauerkraut, roasted corn, custard, and shish-ka-bobs that should be sampled while you enjoy your visit to the pow wow.

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

Admission Fees (includes camera/video fee)
$15 per person/per day; 2 day pass $20; 3 day pass $25
Children 10 & under – Free
Admission & camera fees are separate for both Taos Pueblo and the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow.
*No refunds due to weather. CASH ONLY, No personal checks.

Parking: Parking is located directly west of the pow wow grounds. There is no fee for parking. Handicapped parking is located near the main entrance to the grounds. We apologize that we cannot allow handicapped parking or drop offs within the pow wow grounds. Parking areas are not lit so we strongly advise to bring a flashlight.

Hours: Gates open to visitors at 10am on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. The Pow-Wow ends approxmiately at 10pm on Saturday & Sunday; 6pm on Sunday.

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Seating
Since there is no permanent seating under the arbor, visitors are advised to bring their own chairs. Please allow room for drums under the arbor. We apologize that we cannot allow canopies outside or inside the arbor.

Camping and RVs:
Camp sites are available to visitors to the pow wow for a fee of $25 in specially designated areas. Please pay camping fee when you pay your admission fee. Taos Pueblo tribal members, dancers, and drum groups are exempt. Taos Pueblo tribal members have established camp sites that are inherited east of the arena. For those not camping, there are local hotels nearby. (see details below)

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Schedule (Subject to Change)
12 noon Gates & Arts & Crafts and Food Booths Open
2 pm Dance & Drum Contest Registration Opens
8 pm Dance Competition Begins
10 am Gates & Arts & Crafts and Food Booths Open
10 am-2 pm Dance & Drum Contest Registration
10 am-12 noon Gourd Dancing
12:30 pm Drum Roll Call
1 pm-5 pm Dance Competition Begins; Intertribal Dancing
5 pm Supper Break
6:30 pm Drum Roll Call
8 pm Dance Competition Begins, Intertribal Dancing
10 am Gates & Arts & Crafts and Food Booths Open
10 am-12 noon Gourd Dancing
12:30 pm Drum Roll Call
2 pm Final Dance Competitions, Intertribal Dancing

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Head Staff
Master of Ceremonies: To Be Announced
Arena Directors: To Be Announced
Head Man Dancer: To Be Announced
Head Lady Dancer: To Be Announced

Dancer & Drum Group information: Contests
Points are awarded Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Sessions
Men’s Golden Age (Combined) 60+
Women’s Golden Age (Combined) 60+
Senior Men’s Combined Category (40 -59)
Senior Women’s Combined Category (40 -59)
Junior Mens (18 – 39): N. Traditional, Fancy, Chicken, Grass, S. Straight
Junior Women’s (18 – 39): Fancy, Jingle, Cloth (No. & So. Comb.), Buckskin (No. & So. Comb.

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Dance Contest Categories
All Adult Categories: 1ST $500 2ND $400 3RD $300
Teen Categories (13-17)
1ST $400 2ND: $300 3RD $200
Boys: Traditional, Grass, Fancy
Girls Traditional, Jingle, Fancy
Junior Categories (6-12)
1ST $300 2ND: $200 3RD $100
Boys: Traditional, Grass, Fancy
Girls Traditional, Jingle, Fancy
Tiny Tots 5 & UNDER (Friday & Saturday)
Drum Contest Categories:
Northern Drum: 1st $3000 2nd $2000 3rd $1000
Southern Drum: 1st $3000 2nd $2000 3rd $1000
Points are awarded Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Sessions

Dance and Drum Contest Information

  • Registration for all categories will open Friday noon and Saturday @ 10am.
  • Registration closes @ 2pm on Saturday, no exceptions!
  • Lost or stolen wristbands will not be replaced. A secured wristband is required for entry into the pow wow grounds.
  • One free wristband will be given per dancer; a maximum of twelve wristbands will be given per drum group.
  • Any additional family members or friends are required to pay an entry fee.
  • Please bring your own chairs. Canopies cannot be set up behind or under the arbor. Please keep arbor area clear of trash.
  • Any decisions of the Arena Directors & Pow-Wow Contest Committee are final.

Taos Pueblo Buffalo Grounds
Taos, NM 87571

Directions from the center of Taos: Drive north on Hwy  64 for about 1-1/2 miles. Turn right on Ben Romero Road (just past Overland Sheepskin) and proceed to the parking lot.

Your Help is Appreciated
The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee (TPPWC) invites the community to take part in the Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow. The celebration itself is three short days, but to put on an event of this size requires a great number of hours to put together. The pow wow involves many moving parts and people to make the pow wow a success. This year, the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee is enlisting volunteers from the community to help with various tasks. The TPPWC can offer a one day pass for your contribution and an invitation to eat with us at the Saturday night meal. If interested, go to the Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Volunteer Info webpage for more details.

About the Taos Pueblo / tu-tah (our village)
For many years now, visitors have been coming to Taos Pueblo for both an educational and cultural experience. As the most influential and historical of all pueblos in New Mexico, inspiration is drawn from its architectural distinction and the beauty of its lush valleys. Rising an impressive 5 stories from the base of picturesque Taos Mountain, Taos Pueblo’s earthen form is the inspiration for what is now known as Southwestern architecture. As one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the United States, Taos Pueblo is a National Historic Landmark and was inducted into the World Heritage Society by UNESCO in 1992 for its cultural value.

Camping & RV Details
-Camp areas are considered “primitive” with no electricity or sewage.
-Camp fires are allowed only in fire rings and grills.
-Please keep campsites out of designated roadways and the pow wow arena.
-The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow Committee reserves the right to move campsites to ensure the safety of campers and ease congestion.
-Parking monitors, tribal police, and security will monitor camping areas with frequency.
-Pets are allowed in the campground area ONLY and must be kept on a leash.
-Fireworks are prohibited by order of the Taos Pueblo WarChief’s Office.
-All campers are encouraged to leave their campsites clean. This includes the removal of all trash and any arbors made of brush before departure.
**Showers are available at High Altitude Fitness ( formerly known as Northside Health & Fitness Center) (575.751.1242), 1307 Paseo del Pueblo Sur (half a mile south of the pow wow grounds) for $8. Hours are Friday 5pm – 9pm; and Saturday and Sunday 8am – 8pm. – Bring your own towels!!

While we will do welcome RV’s, we cannot supply hookups to electricity, water, and sewage. All RV’s will be escorted to the designated RV parking area by a TPPW Traffic Monitor. The Traffic Monitor Supervisor has the right to move RV’s out of certain areas to reduce congestion.

Facilities for RV’s are available at:
Taos Montebello RV Park (575.751.0774)
Located 2 miles west of the TPPW Grounds on US Hwy 64

The Taos Pueblo Pow Wow is a family friendly event. No drugs or alcohol are permitted. Pets are not allowed within the pow wow grounds. Pets are allowed within the campground area but must be kept on a leash at all times.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Taos Pueblo Pow Wow, the weekend after July 4th, at the Taos Pueblo Buffalo Grounds in Taos, New Mexocp.

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