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2019 Meskwaki Powwow

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Experience the 105th Annual Meskwaki Powwow on August 8-11, 2019 at the Meskwaki Powwow Grounds on the Meskwaki Indian Settlement in Tama, Iowa. The Annual Meskwaki Powwow originated from the traditional religious and social beliefs of the Meskwaki Tribe. Today, it is not so much a religious event, but more of a social gathering. Specifically, today’s event is derived from the “Green Corn Dance” and other social events of the Tribe in their early years. The “Green Corn Dance” was an annual event that took place during the harvesting of crops. The “Field Days” held from 1902 to 1912, lasted about a week, with dancing, games, and horse racing. It was a social gathering without a harvest.

Meskwaki Powwow

From “Field Days” to Meskawki Powwow
In 1912, the Chief appointed 15 men to plan for the next year. The appointed men decided to change the name from “Field Days” to “Powwow”. The first powwow was held at the present location.

“Today’s” Meskawki Powwow
Today, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow is the only one of its kind in Iowa. It is a four day event used to celebrate the end of summer. As the color and intrigue of it all has drawn the most attention from the outside world, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow features dancing, singing, handcrafts, food, games and fun. Although dance styles and content have evolved over the years, the Meskwaki still consider the event a time of reaffirmation and hope, of kinship and friendship, and of celebration. They are thankful for the opportunity to share a part of who they are as Meskwaki with you. Most importantly, they hope you walk away with open minds and open hearts to be able to respect and learn from different cultures such as theirs.

Adults: $7.00
Children (6-12): $5.00; $3.00 on Thursday/Children’s Day
Children 5 and under: FREE

1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Grand Entry, Intertribal Dancing
Children’s Day: Ages 6-12 $3.00
1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Grand Entry, Intertribal Dancing
Senior Citizen’s Day: 55+ $3.00
1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Grand Entry, Intertribal Dancing
Veteran’s Day: $3.00 (Must show proof)
1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Grand Entry, Intertribal Dancing
Special Events to be announced.

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Meskwaki Powwow Head Staff
Emcee: Mike Keahna, Dawson Davenport
Arena Director: David “Odie” Oldbear Jr
Color Guard: Robert Morgan Post 701
Sound Man: Dennis Keahna Jr

As always, some things change and some things endure, just as you, we like some of the ways and things that have long endured, some of the old-time foods, the dances, the arts and crafts, passed down from our fore bearers that we want to preserve for our children.
Today, we share with you the appreciation of what is truly distinctive about our way of life. We welcome you to our beautiful Meskwaki Indian Settlement.

Dances at the Meskwaki Powwow
Friendship Dance: A universal dance among all tribal nations, it welcomes all visitors and guests to the host tribe. The Friendship Dance expresses goodwill and friendship among all humankind.

Meskwaki Dance: A dance unique to the Meskwaki people. Whenever a gathering of tribal groups took place, each group or tribe performed their own special dance. This dance, performed by the Meskwaki, depicts their characteristics in the times of peace and war.

Read More about Dances at the Meskwaki Powwow
Harvest or Bean Dance: This dance recognizes the importance of the resources of life; food for the villages for the c