2019 Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni (Celebration)
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***
5:00pm Memorial Feed
7:00pm Memorial (no gambling until after memorial)
Material Wagers Stickgame
2:00pm Snake Dance
Old Style Day – all drums welcome
2:00pm First Grand Entry
Contests in all categories
Break at 5:30pm
7:00pm Second Grand Entry
11:00pm Registration closes for Dance and Singing Contests
2:00pm Third Grand Entry
Break at 5:30pm
7:00pm Fourth Grand Entry
Fifth Grand Entry
Goes until winners announced (no dinner break)