The popular traditional Native American powwow will return in person June 25-26


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The popular Penn State Traditional Native American Powwow — considered one of the best traditional Native American powwows inside or outside Indian Country — returns as a two-day, in-person event this weekend, June 25-26.

The powwow will take place at Mt. Nittany Middle School (656 Brandywine Drive, State College) and will feature traditional Native American dancers and native drumming groups from reservations and communities across the United States and Canada. Some of these groups will travel thousands of miles to participate in this much-loved and popular event.

Free entry. The powwow runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on June 25 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 26. The grand entrance of the dancers begins at noon and is held again at 6:30 p.m. on the first day of the event. It only takes place at noon on the second day.

The 16th annual and first post-pandemic powwow is a signature cultural event in the community. It attracted over 6,000 visitors when it was last performed in person. The Happy Valley Adventure Bureau recognizes it as a premier family event for the region.

In addition to watching traditional Aboriginal dancing, non-Aboriginals are invited into the dance arena to share in an inter-tribal dance. One of the traditions of the powwow is to honor veterans at the start of the event, and this year the head veteran dancer is Army veteran Mitchelene BigMan (Crow Nation). The color guard will be presented by the Native American Women Warriors organization. The all-female Native American veterans organization has been the color party for two U.S. presidential inaugurations and numerous national meetings for and about American Indian concerns.

Vendors from across Indian Country (Cherokee, North Carolina; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Pine Ridge, South Dakota; and more) will sell native crafts and goods such as beads, quills, silver, turquoise and Native American wampum.

Native foods such as bison, corn soup and fried bread will be available for purchase.

The 2022 Penn State Traditional Indian Pow Wow is sponsored by several Penn State units – Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, College of Education, Outreach, and Online Education, Office of the Vice Provost for Education Equity, Dickinson Law, Smeal College of Business, Eberly College of Science, College of Engineering, and Penn State Law and School of International Affairs.

For more information, visit or contact John Sanchez, powwow coordinator, at [email protected]


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