The Denver Pow Wow

Native Americans Celebrate Their Heritage

Do the Indians really call it a Pow Wow? Yes, they do, and the Denver Pow Wow is one of the largest of its kind in the country.

The word comes from the Narragansett Indian language...

The word "powwaw" means "spiritual leader."

If you've included Denver in your travel plans, and you want to experience the Old West...

...the real INDIAN Old West...

You should try to get there in March for this event.

The Denver Pow Wow Is A Modern Event

The modern gathering is a social occasion. It's a time for Indians... Native Americans... to come together to honor their heritage with singing and dancing, traditional costumes and foods, and storytelling and native art.

This event started in 1984 when Native Americans started re-asserting and revitalizing their heritage and rights.

Many Tribes Come Together

Dances and Costumes

The Denver Pow Wow is usually a three day event.

It features hundreds of dancers and musicians from about 100 different tribes. There are different styles of traditional dances from each of the various tribes.

Dancing is probably the central activity during a pow wow... it's definitely a colorful event.

If you go to their website, they have a great section on explanations for non-Indian spectators.

Indian dancing is really an individual activity, but it is performed as a group. Each dancer moves to the beat of the drum. Dance styles vary and are derived from traditional dances of the different tribes represented.

Dance costumes are colorful and elaborate.

They really do wear those headdresses for the dancing. They're made from animal hair with eagle feathers on top. There are bone breastplates, feather bustles, beaded armbands, and chokers and anklets of fur.

Traditional dancing was originally a form of story telling. Warriors acted out battles or hunting scenes.

The Grand Entry

The one event you really don't want to miss is the "Grand Entry". This procession is performed a couple of times on Friday and Saturday and one last time on Sunday.

It starts with the "Heart Beat drum group" singing, followed by the entrance of a participant carrying an Eagle Staff.

Next come the flag entrances... the American flag and flags of Indian Nations. Once everyone has entered, the flags are raised with flag songs.

Then comes the Inter-tribal Dance... all the dancers from all the tribes and from all age groups dance together, but in their own style.

With the beat of hundreds of drums urging them on, and the swirl of color as they dance around... you feel it as well as see it... it's something you won't soon forget.

There are also dancing competitions. The women get into the act with the Jingle Dress Dance.

Food, Arts and Crafts

There are many booths selling Native American arts and crafts... jewelry, blankets, pottery and beadwork.

And yes, you can buy authentic Cheyenne arrows and Sioux tomahawks.

Try traditional food such as fry bread and Indian tacos.

The Denver Pow Wow is held in the Denver Coliseum. Tickets are sold at the door. If you want to take pictures you will be required to purchase a permit for video and digital cameras.

Native American cultures ARE the Old West. Visit Denver for the Rocky Mountains and include the Denver Pow Wow for that Old West spirit.

Happy travels... even if you don't travel the world... just remember that life is a journey... embrace and enjoy it! Judy and Mark

Curious about what else we've written about?  Search our site for a destination or travel tip.

Protected by Copyscape Online Copyright Infringement Tool

But... We'd love to have you share this page or comment on it…
Thanks, Judy and Mark

International Travel Tips l Europe Travel Tips
Hotel and B&B Tips l Packing Lists
Go from Denver Pow Wow to MouseToursTravels Home Page

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Did it help with your travel planning and preparation? Eager to leave on that next vacation? Please leave your tips or comments in the box below.

Ready For A New Adventure?

We escape by traveling…
But there are more ways to escape. 
Work on something you LOVE…
With A Website
SBI Teaches You Everything

First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life

Timely Tips

Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere...
The almonds and mustard are blooming
The grapes will soon bud out

California Spring - Grapes, Almonds and mustard

It's Fall in the Southern Hemisphere
Great time for an
Australian Wine Tasting Drive.

It's a great time to travel almost anywhere in the world!

DreamTrips can get you traveling sooner and cheaper that you thought possible

Are you planning your travels?
The weather can be changeable, so be sure to pack layers and some rain gear...

See all of our Packing Lists and Tips.

We're busy planning our travels
The Central Asian Silk Road should be an adventrure!

Where Do You Want To Go?
Things to See in Europe
Travel In America
Does Africa Call?

Don't just dream about it...
Start making plans!

Custom Tour Planning List
International Travel Planning Tips
Foreign Is Fun - Not Scary!

Check Your Passport
Do you have yours? Is it up to date?
Get Your Passports and Visas


Search MouseToursTravels
Travel questions or destination info?
Find our answers faster..


We want you to feel comfortable out in the world and on our pages - so surf away in your own language...

Updated Tips & New Travel Stories

  1. Travel Security Alert Packing Guide - Tips To Comply With Airport Security Rules

    Stay alert to what you can take and where to pack it when you fly. Our travel security alert packing guide will help you prepare for your flight and get through security checkpoints.

    Read More

  2. Acceptable Identification Document For Travel - What Qualifies?

    When you go through airports, you need an acceptable identification document, so what qualifies?

    Read More

  3. 2016 Travels - International and Domestic Adventures

    Our 2016 travels took us on domestic and international adventures… to look for culture, wildlife and antique airplanes.

    Read More

Two Ways To Like Us!

Like Our Site Top Left
Like Our Fanpage Below
Thank You!