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104th annual Meskwaki Powwow featured Aug. 9-12 on Settlement

August 6, 2018
By Jonathan Bufffalo, Tribal Historian and The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Today, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow is the only one of its kind in Iowa. Beginning Thursday, Aug. 9 through Sunday. Aug. 12 Grand Entries are at 1 and 7 p.m. on the Powwow Grounds four miles west of Tama on County Road E49.

As the color and intrigue of it all has drawn the most attention from the outside world, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow features dancing, singing, handcrafts, food, games and fun. Although dance styles and content have evolved over the years, the Meskwaki still consider the event a time of reaffirmation and hope, of kinship and friendship, and of celebration.

They are thankful for the opportunity to share a part of who they are as Meskwaki with you. Most importantly, they hope you walk away with open minds and open hearts to be able to respect and learn from different cultures such as theirs.

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Dancers in authentic regalia at the 2017 Meskwaki Powwow.
News-Herald file photos/John Speer

Arts and crafts, exhibits and authentic food are all offered along with the traditional dances.



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