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2019 Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival

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Don’t miss the exciting 28th Annual Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival on November 2, 2019 at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, Texas. Since 1992, the Austin Powwow has brought exciting dance exhibits and competitions, the Indian Market, Food Court, Heritage Stage, Traditional Native American Dances and Contests, and a welcoming Native American culture to the Austin area.

Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival

The Austin Powwow is a family friendly event that preserves and promotes the traditions, heritage and culture of American Indians in Texas. There is a Native American Food Court outside the venue and about a hundred Native American vendors selling authentic jewelry and American Indian art, as well as Native crafting supplies and regalia. Renowned Native storytellers and musicians share their traditions and history with children throughout the day at the outdoor Festival stage, while hundreds of American Indian dancers from tribes all over the United States and Canada compete inside Travis County Expo Center in contemporary and traditional dance categories.

The Austin Powwow has one of the largest Indian Markets in the country with more than 100 booths. Great care is taken to ensure that the goods being sold as Indian made are just that – authentic Indian arts and crafts. In the majority of the booths, you will be speaking directly to the artisan, or a member of his or her family. Shop the Indian Market from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.

The Food Court allows visitors to sample a wide range of authentic American Indian foods. All vendors serve at least one traditional dish, and some offer many more. A convenient seating area is right next to the vendor’s booths. Dine at the Food Court from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Open to the Public – Everyone Welcome!

Powwow Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

$5.00 Adults (online)
$7.00 Adults (at gate)
Children under 12 FREE
Free Parking

Master of Ceremonies: Al Santos
Arena Director: Cody Blassingame
Head Judge: Matt Littlecreek
Head Man Dancer: Marty Thurman
Head Lady Dancer: Sophia Thurman
Head Gourd Dancer: Benny Tahmahkera
Color Guard: Lakota Women Warriors
Host Southern Drum: Wild Band of Comanches, Fletcher OK
Host Northern Drum: WarPaint, Pembroke NC

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Austin Powwow Schedule (Tentative)

  • 9:00 am Market and Food Court Open – Shopping, Native Arts and Crafts, Native Foods
  • 9:00 am to 12:00 noon: Registration
  • 10:00 am Heritage Stage Opens – Hoop Dancers, Comanche Hymns, Native Flute & more
  • 10:30 am Gourd Dance
  • 12:00 noon Grand Entry – Featuring dancers from across the country; intertribal dancing; dance contests

Dance Contests (tentative)
$25,000 Cash Prizes
Golden Age (60+) Men (combined) and Women (combined)
Sr. Adult (50+) Men (combined) and Women (combined)
1st $500 2nd $400 3rd $300 4th $200 5th $100
Adults (17 – 49)
Men’s Traditional, Straight, Chicken, Grass, Fancy
Women’s Buckskin, Cloth, Jingle, Fancy Shawl
1st $500 2nd $400 3rd $300 4th $200 5th $100
Teen (12 – 16)
Boys Traditional, Straight, Grass, Fancy
Girls Buckskin/Cloth, Jingle, Fancy Shawl
1st $100 2nd $80 3rd $60 4th $40 5th $20
Junior (6 – 11)
Boys Traditional/Straight, Grass, Fancy
Girls Buckskin/Cloth, Jingle, Fancy Shawl
1st $50 – 2nd $40 – 3rd $30 – 4th $20 – 5th $10
Tiny Tots (5 yrs and under)

Contest Specials
Womens Jingle Special (18 and older) Sponsored by 2017-18 Princess
$1,000 winner plus jacket; 2 consolations plus jackets

Push Dance Special: Married couples only. Sponsored by Head Man & Head Lady.

Travis County Expo Center
7311 Decker Lane
Austin, TX 78724

Austin Powwow Indian Market and Food Court Vendors Info
Call 512-371-0628; Email

For More Information: Call 512-371-0628; Email

Austin Powwow - Travis County Expo Center

Austin Powwow Host Hotel
Hilton Garden Inn: 12400 N. IH 35 Bldg C, 512.339.3626
Courtyard Marriott: 12330 N. IH 35, 512.339.8374
Fairfield Inn: 12536 N. IH 35, 512.821.0376
Holiday Inn: 6000 Middle Fiskville Rd., 512.451.5757
Make sure you ask for the powwow rate. Code: POW
Deadline for powwow rate is October 5, 2016 at 5pm

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Austin Powwow and American Indian Heritage Festival in November in Austin, Texas.

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