2019 Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow
Join us for the 37th Annual Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow on June 21-23, 2019 in the Dance Arbor at Allegawaha Park near Council Grove, Kansas. Each year, Kaw citizens make the trip to Council Grove from their homes in Oklahoma and elsewhere to be a part of this Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow celebration of the tribe’s historical heritage in the area. The Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow in Council Grove honors the last full-blooded Kaw chief, Washunga. Council Grove was once the site of a Kaw reservation.
Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow
Three Days – Two Stages – One Fun Time!
Washunga Days is a community festival that takes place in historic Council Grove, Kansas. It is a celebration honoring the Kaw Indians, the Community, Families, and Friends. The festival takes place each year on the third weekend in June. The three day celebration (powwow is Friday & Saturday) is packed with music, entertainment, a parade, car show, artisans market, food vendors, kid’s games and fun, Kaw Nation Intertribal powwow, fireworks, and so much more! Come check it out! Festival Details
About the Location & Dance Arena
The area beneath the arbor is used for dancing and ceremonies. For the Kaw people, the arena is a sacred place. This beautiful, lighted Native American dance venue features state-of-the-art sound technology, and is nestled in the scenic heart of the tribe’s Allegawaho Heritage Memorial Park. In 2002 the Kaw Nation dedicated the park, comprised of 168 acres of their native homeland that includes one of the three Kaw villages that were occupied from the 1840s to 1872.
Powwow Hours: Friday & Saturday
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Dancer Registration
7:30 p.m. Grand Entry
Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow Head Staff
Head Singer: Kinsel Lieb
Head Man: James Pepper Henry
Head Lady: Kaylee Williams
Master of Ceremonies: Ken Bellmard
Arena Director: Robert Allen
Princess: To Be Announced
Water Boy: Donovan Harjo
Color Guard: To Be Announced
Allegawaho Heritage Memorial Park
Dunlap Road and X Avenue
Council Grove, Kansas 66846
Directions to the dance arbor at Allegawaho Memorial Heritage Park:
Travel East on East Main Street to 5th Street, turn right.
Follow blacktop road (Dunlap road) 3 1/2 miles to X Avenue, turn left,
Travel about 1/2 mile, turn left on 525 Rd.
The arbor will be on your left in about 1/2 mile.
There is parking in a lot beside the road, as well as on the road. Watch for signs.
For More Information: visit the Washunga Days Website
Must participate in Grand Entry to be eligible for prizes
Friday Dance Contests
Tiny Tots 1-6 years old
Junior Boys and Girs 7-17 years old
Saturday Dance Contests
Adult Men and Women 18-54 years old
Golden Age 55 years and older
Photographs may be taken during the Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow, but ask permission before taking photos of individuals. Photos should never be taken during veterans’ songs, flag songs, prayers or any other time specified by the master of ceremonies.
Washunga Days in Council Grove
In addition to the Washunga Days Powwow on Friday and Saturday which recognizes the community’s Kaw Nation heritage, Council Grove celebrates the culture- both past and present of Council Grove and Morris County.
Council Grove’s weekend Washunga Days events begin with a kickoff and welcome for Council Grove’s Washuga Days will be at the Neosho Riverwalk Park at 5:00pm, Friday, with food vendors, beer garden, inflatables and petting zoo during the evening. Friday and Saturday evening musical entertainment is scheduled on the Main Stage, starting around 5:30 pm. During Washunga Days in Council Grove, Kaw Tribal members will present a program called “Kanza Women” at the Kaw Mission grounds.
Washunga Days Powwow & Festival Schedule
For information on the entire schedule of events, please visit Washunga Days Website
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Kaw Nation Washunga Days Powwow on the third weekend in June at Allegawaho Park near Council Grove, Kansas.
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