Looking for something fun and different to do this weekend with the whole family? Take a trip out to Traders Village Houston for the 31st Annual Native American Championship Pow Wow this Saturday and Sunday, November 13-14. The two-day Native American Pow Wow will feature colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, singing and much more!
Native American Pow Wow at Traders Village Houston – What to Expect
For the uninitiated, a Pow Wow is a Native American event that’s aimed at rekindling old friendships while also celebrating new friendships, all while celebrating and honoring their rich culture and heritage. That means it’s the perfect place to meet some new friends at the Village this weekend and to invite some old friends to the event.
Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. The drums will beat for the dancers in full regalia of feathers, buckskin, bells and bead-work, so make sure you are ready to take some pictures!
The highlight of the event are the dance contests. Spectators will be amazed by the precision and showmanship that even the youngest competitors display in their dancing. Participants will range in age from two-year old toddlers to grandmothers in their 80’s. Dancers will compete for $15,000 in prize money in the following categories:
- Tiny Tots, Little Boys, Little Girls, Junior Boys, Junior Girls
- Golden Age Men & Ladies
- Ladies Cloth, Buckskin, Fancy Shawl and Jingle Dress
- Men’s Straight, Traditional, Grass and Fancy
All dance competitions will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (approximately) on Saturday and Sunday at our Pow Wow Arena.
Lots of Entertainment & Great Food Options
Special morning entertainment, featuring Terry Tsotigh playing his flute and harmonica, will start at 11:30 a.m. each day with Grand Entry at 12:00 noon.
Artists, craftsmen and traders from all over the country will showcase their wares and talents at the arts & crafts show and sale under the Gray Expo. The arts & crafts sale will be open from 10:00 a.m. to sundown each day.
The Indian food booth will serve authentic Native American foods all weekend long. Everyone, spectators and competitors alike, can enjoy authentic Native American fry bread, Indian tacos and more.
Visitors are invited to enjoy a true-to-life experience of days gone by as they wander through the tipi village which provides a close-up look at life with this age-old form of portable shelter.
Finally, this event is FREE to attend. You will just need to pay $5 for parking.
Tips to keep in mind if this is your first Native American Pow Wow
If this is your first Pow Wow, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Be respectful of the culture and dance arena.
- Take plenty of photos (ask for permission if taking an up-close portrait)!
- Have fun and dance when the time comes.
- Feel free to donate during the blanket dance.
About Traders Village Houston
Traders Village Houston is the largest, most visited open-air market on the Texas Gulf Coast. In addition to the Native American Pow Wow event, you can enjoy all the fun shopping, rides, and food that Traders Village has to offer.
Traders Village Houston is open every Saturday and Sunday, year round, and is located just south of Highway 290 on North Eldridge, minutes outside of Beltway 8. There is no admission charge to Traders Village, all events are free and parking is $5.00 per vehicle. For more information call 281-890-5500.
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