2019 Spokane Tribe Labor Day Pow Wow
All are welcome at the 105th Spokane Tribe Labor Day Pow Wow on August 29 – September 2, 2019 in Wardance Hall at the Spokane Tribal Pow Wow Grounds in Wellpinit, Washington. The annual Spokane Tribe Labor Day Powwow and Celebration blends tradition and modernity. Members of tribes throughout the Northwest come to Wellpinit for four days of dancing, drumming and connecting with one another inside the tribe’s Wardance Hall, which opened in 2014.
2019 Spokane Tribe Labor Day Pow Wow – Men’s Prairie Chicken
During nightly intertribal dancing, several hundred dancers will be in full regalia – feathers, bright-colored fabrics, beads, bells and buckskin. Dancers of every age – from the very old to the very young will join in the dancing while the various groups of singers (“drums”), provided the beat and songs.
The Grand Entry is a special event to witness. Men, women, and children adorned in traditional clothing dance into the hall to singing and the beating of a drum. Dance contests, intertribal dancing and a variety of specials and special contests follow the Grand Entry for the remainder of the “dance session”, often interrupted by explanations, stories, introductions and humor from the pow wow Emcees. The Emcees play an important role in all pow wows, both for the participants as well as the visitors, and are carefully selected by the Pow Wow Committee for this role.
Outside the hall on the surrounding Wellpinit Pow Wow Grounds are booths where colorful Indian blankets, crafts, books, and DVDs and other items can be purchased. There are Native food stands where you can buy traditional Indian fry bread or an Indian taco. Hamburgers and other fast food festival choices are available as well.
Although the Tribe welcomes everyone to the Spokane Tribe Labor Day Pow Wow, bear in mind that this is a sacred community event and not a tourist attraction. Be respectful and courteous. It’s a wonderful celebration that’s sure to move you and stay with you for a long time to come.
War Dance Hall at the Spokane Tribal Pow Wow Grounds
BIA Hwy 183
Wellpinit, WA 99040
Driving Map Link
Pow Wow Features
24-hour Open Stick Games
Blackjack, Poker & Other Games (must be 18+)
Pow Wow Committee Raffles
Memorials, Name Givings, Rejoinings, and other non-money contests may be held on Wednesday with only prior arrangements made with the Pow-wow Committee.
Tiny Tot Pow Wow
Teen Modern Dance
Drum Contesst (5 Singer Minimum)
1st $5000 2nd $4000 3rd $3000 4th $2000 5th $1000
PA system will be provided. Drummers bring your own chairs.
Regular Dance Categories
~ Over $44,000.00 in Monetary Payout
~ Golden Age 60+ 1st $1000 2nd $800 3rd $600 4th $400
~ Senior Adults 40-59 1st $1000 2nd $800 3rd $600 4th $400
~ Junior Adults 18-39 1st $1000 2nd $800 3rd $600 4th $400
~ Teens 1st $350 2nd $250 3rd $150 4th $100
~ Juniors 1st $175 2nd $150 3rd $100 4th $75
~ Tiny Tots
$2.00 Registration Fee
Dancers cannot compete in more than one dance category – excluding Specials.
If someone wears another dancer’s number at Grand Entry, on exhibition, or other event for contest points, the dancer with that number will be automatically disqualified.
Contest Dance Specials
Men’s Traditional Team Dance
Prairie Chicken Dance Special ($20000 Monetary Payout)
Other Specials to be announced
For more information
Carol Evans (Vendors) 509-458-6504
Dave Browneagle (Prairie Chicken Contest) 509-220-8605
Shawn Brehm (Drums) 509-258-7758
Velma Brehm (Royalty) 509-258-7758
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Spokane Tribe Labor Day Pow Wow on Labor Day Weekend at the Wellpinit Pow Wow Grounds in Wellpinit, Washington.
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