United Tribes Technical College International Powwow
The United Tribes Technical College International Powwow is held every second weekend in September. This is a contest powwow, where dancers and singers compete for prize money. Judges selected by the Head Dance Judges will evaluate a dancer’s performance based on knowledge and skill of their category; keeping time with the drum; and regalia. The UTTC International Powwow is one of the last large outdoor events on the northern Great Plains powwow circuit. For that reason, this annual event is known as the Home of the Champions.
What is a powwow?
Men’s Grass Dance
Women’s Fancy Dance
- Do not talk while an elder is speaking on the address system.
- Leave the lawn chairs around the area alone; they’re for the dancers. You may bring your own chair; please make room for others.
- Do not touch the dancers or their regalia.
- Please ask dancers before you take their photo. It is only polite to ask permission and some dancers may have spiritual reasons for avoiding photos.
- Photographers are asked not to enter the dance arena to make photos.
- Listen to the master of ceremonies. He will tell you when to take your hats and caps off during the powwow.
- When a blanket dance is announced, be prepared to donate a few dollars when the blanket passes. The money will be donated to the person or drum group being honored.
- Don’t be afraid to ask people around you to explain things that you may not understand. People are friendly and will be eager to share their knowledge.