Native American Dancers, Drummers to Gather for Wildhorse Pow Wow


After a two-year absence, the Wildhorse Pow Wow returns June 30, marking the 26th annual gathering.

The event takes place at Wildhorse Resort & Casino on the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton.

Pow Wows are a celebration of cultural and spiritual traditions by Native Americans and First Nations people through drumming, singing, dancing and competition. The popular gathering attracts dancers and drummers from across the U.S. and Canada to celebrate their indigenous heritage. Pow Wows also provide an opportunity to pass traditions on to youth.

The Wildhorse Pow Wow welcomes individuals of any heritage to observe and enjoy the activities. The event can be a moving experience for spectators as they immerse themselves in the majesty of the ceremony, appreciate the intricate and colorfully detailed regalia, and admire the physical stamina of the competitors.

Over $90,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to outstanding dancers and drummers in a variety of categories.  Dancers will compete in Traditional, Fancy, Golden Age, Grass, Chicken, Jingle, and more. Special dances include Elder, Cowgirl, and War Bonnet. Drummers compete in Hand Drum and Contest Drums.

The event kicks off with Pow Wow Comedy, Thursday, June 30, at 7 p.m., in the Rivers Event Center at Wildhorse. The show opens with Mark Yaffee, founder and co-star of the Pow Wow Comedy Jam; headlining is Tonia Jo Hall, known for her hilarious alter ego, “Auntie Beachress”.

The first Grand Entry for the Pow Wow starts Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. at the outdoor arena. The drumming and dancing continue daily through Sunday afternoon. The full event schedule can be viewed at

Host Drum for the Pow Wow is “Southern Style” of Montezuma Creek, Utah. Emcees are Jerry Meninick, Fred Hill, and Thomas Morning Owl.

The Wildhorse Pow Wow will feature traditional foods, handcrafted Native American items, and other merchandise sold by visiting vendors and artists.

The outdoor arena is located northeast of the Tower Hotel at Wildhorse Resort & Casino. Parking is east of the arena. The Pow Wow and comedy show are free to the public.

For complete details, visit the Wildhorse website.


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