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Upcoming Pow wows and Round Dances

Dances have always been a very important part of the life of the American Indian. Most dances seen at Pow wows today are social dances that might have had different meanings in earlier days. Although dance styles and content have changed, their meaning and importance have not. The outfits worn by the dancers, like the styles of clothing today, evolve over time; it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life.

The dance styles seen most frequently at modern Pow wows include Chicken, Grass, Fancy, Straight and Northern Traditional for the men. The women dance Buckskin, Cloth, Jingle and Fancy Shawl. Depending on the region, you may see other dance styles such as Smoke, Bird or Gourd Dancing. (

Pow Wow Dancer

While the Pow wow season has been on a standstill due to COVID-19, you can visit some virtual Pow wows found at:

33rd Annual Central Michigan University Celebrating Life Pow wow - March 19 & 20, 2022