North Dakota Rodeos and Powwows
Experience two key North Dakota cultural traditions
The Algonquin word "pau wau" was the Native American word some of the first Europeans associated with dancing. Although pau wau meant "he dreams" to the Algonquins, the term was eventually accepted by Europeans to refer to dancing, later being spelled "powwow."
Powwows were originally held in the spring to celebrate the beginning of new life, but are now held throughout the year. The celebrations often have religious significance, but are also a time for people to gather, sing, dance, feast, pray, renew old friendships and make new ones. These celebrations are still an important part of life for many American Indians.
Here is a list of remaining rodeos and powwow in North Dakota in 2019. Check back ocassionally as events are added and dates may change throughout the year.
7: Watford City HS Rodeo
27-28: NDRA Finals Rodeo, Watford City
4-6: PRCA Badlands Circuit Rodeo (Y’s Men’s Rodeo) Minot
6-8: United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck