2019 Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow
All are welcome at the 53rdd Annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow on August 16-18, 2019 at the Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds on the west side of Lake Mille Lacs in Onamia, Minnesota. American Indian dancers in brightly colored regalia will take part in traditional dancing and drum ceremonies during the Annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds located two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow
Along with the powwow, the event will include princess and brave contests; food; crafts; a horseshoe tournament; a parade; and a fun run sponsored by the Mille Lacs Indian Museum. There will also be raffle drawings for prizes. All events will take place at the powwow grounds.
Free & Open to the Public
Free: Admission, Camping, Showers & Firewood (off-site firewood prohibited)
Co-MC’s: To Be Announced
Co-host Drums: To Be Announced
Drum Monies: Drums must have a minimum of 5 singers. All singers must personally register with their drum. At least 5 registered singers must be present at the drum during each roll call in order to be paid for that session.
Parade & Float Contest
Line up at the Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds by 9am Saturday for the Parade, which starts at 10am.
Best Parade Float Contest
Best Rez Car Contest
Grand Entry Times:
* Friday at 7 p.m.
* Saturday at 1 and 7 p.m.
* Sunday at 1 p.m.
Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow Mini Gallery
Old Style Jingle Dress Contest: 1st Place $1150
Princess & Brave Contest
Fireworks Display Saturday Night
All dancers must be in appropriate regalia at each Grand Entry and Exhibitions in order to be paid.
The Grand Entry is the majestic opening of each dance session. This procession into the dance circle begins with the presentation of colors – the eagle staff, American flag, state flag, and Mille Lacs tribal government flag – followed by the powwow “royalty” (princesses) from various tribes and schools. Next in line are the men dancers, followed by the women dancers, with dancers of similar “dance styles” grouped together. Grand Entries are followed by other songs and types of intertribal dancing.
The Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds, venue of the annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow, are located 12 miles north of Onamia – or two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs – on Highway 169. Watch for the powwow signs near the site. Free camping, campfire wood, and showers will be available for visitors. Security and medical staff will be at the event; alcohol and drugs are prohibited.
General Information: Tony Pike at 320-980-5367 or Carla Big Bear at 320-362-0862
Vendor information: Denise Sargent at 320-532-7854
No alcohol, drugs, or fireworks allowed. Security and medical staff on premises. Not responsible for accidents or lost/stolen items.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Traditional Powwow at the Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds in Onamia, Minnesota on the third weekend of August.
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