Fremont County, WY - Summer time is Powwow season. In Wind River Country, a different Powwow can be experienced every week during this season. Powwows can be traced back to pre-European times when Plains Indians used dance to honor tribal members, recognize important events, and seek protection for warriors and hunters. Today, Powwows have become an important way for Native Americans to keep their culture and traditions alive. To download a complete schedule, learn more about Powwow etiquette, or to see a video of the Wind River Indian Reservation go to Wyomings Wind River Country.
The 55th Annual Eastern Shoshone Indian Days & Rodeo Celebration will be June 27-29. This is a traditional Native American Powwow located near Fort Washakie on the Wind River Indian Reservation. This event was named "One of North America’s 100 Best Events" for 2012 by the American Bus Association.
The Northern Arapaho Cultural Experience, traditional tepees and Northern Arapaho dancing and storytelling are showcased on Tuesdays in June, July and August at the Wind River Hotel and Casino near Riverton. Storytellers, drummers, and dancers come together at 6 p.m. to share the Northern Arapaho culture.
The Museum of the American West in Lander hosts the "Eagle Spirit Dancers" June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20 at 7 p.m.
Photos and video by Jennie Hutchinson.