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2019 Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni  (Celebration)

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Celebrate the 121st Annual Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni  (Celebration) on July 3-7, 2019 at the Arlee Powwow Grounds in Arlee, Montana. The Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni is the premier annual celebration of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Nation. Please join us at the Arlee Powwow for traditional dance competitions, singing and drumming and a big July 4 parade.. There are also many vendors with hand made beaded crafts and food booths, which include a variety of Indian Tacos for sale.

Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni  (Celebration)

The Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni is a historic event as organized to carry on the traditional ways of the generations that came before us. It was they who decided that if the Esyapqeyni was called a Fourth of July celebration, we could carry on our traditional ways without the threat of army intervention and persecution. As a result, the Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni has become the longest running tribal celebration.

The first Grand Entry will occur on Friday afternoon. The first competition Grand Entry will be Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Other Grand Entries are on Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

The powwow grounds are located just east of Arlee, Montana. Arlee is about 20 miles north of Missoula on Highway 93. signs from the road will help guide you in. The powwow officially begins on Friday, with “Camper’s Day” being Wednesday, and Thursday reserved for the Memorial Procession.

Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni Mini-Gallery

Arlee Powwow Schedule ***Subject to change***

Camp Day
5:00pm Memorial Feed
7:00pm Memorial (no gambling until after memorial)
Material Wagers Stickgame
2:00pm Snake Dance
Veterans Honoring
Old Style Day – all drums welcome
2:00pm First Grand Entry
Contests in all categories
Break at 5:30pm
7:00pm Second Grand Entry
Contests continue
11:00pm Registration closes for Dance and Singing Contests
2:00pm Third Grand Entry
Contests continue
Break at 5:30pm
7:00pm Fourth Grand Entry
Contests continue
Fifth Grand Entry
Goes until winners announced (no dinner break)

Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni Celebration - Arlee Powwow Grounds - Arlee Celebration Committee

Arlee Powwow Dance Contest Rules
* All dancers must register in person – NO EXCEPTIONS!
* Contestants must register in only one category.
* Dancers who register are the only person to use that number.
* Use of alcohol or drugs will result in automatic disqualification.
* Points begin for all dance contestants on Friday, July 1, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
* Dance registration officially closes immediately at 11:59 PM on Friday, July 1, 2016.
* Contestants will be judged on a point system.
-Dancers must dance in all Grand Entries.
-Dancers must have full regalia in Grand Entry.
* Dropped eagle feathers will be attended to according to our Salish & Pend d’Oreille traditions. Click here for more info.
* Judges who have relatives dancing in a contest must disqualify themselves.
* No Whistling – Contestants who whistle drums will lose points for the day. Click here for more info.
* No Smoking on the carpet in the arena.
Non-Contest Drum Rules
* All singing groups must register in person.
* Five (5) starts for Inter-Tribal songs, unless notified otherwise.
* Four (4) starts for contest songs, unless notified otherwise.
* NO intoxicated singers at the drum.
* Must make drum roll call to receive day pay.
* Must have at least five (5) singers per registered drum.