Pacific Northwest Indigenous Events.

Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow Facebook Page Two dancers at the Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow, which takes place July 8-10 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow Facebook Page
Two dancers at the Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow, which takes place July 8-10 in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Midnight Sun Intertribal Pow Wow: July 8-10 in Fairbanks.

The World Eskimo Indian Olympics: July 20-23 in Fairbanks; competitive events include tests of agility, balance, endurance and strength.

British Columbia

Squamish Nation’s 28th annual Youth Pow Wow: July 8-10 at Capilano Reserve Park, 100 Capilano Road, West Vancouver.

The Spirit of the People Pow Wow: July 22-24, at the Tzeachten Sports Field, 46770 Bailey Road, Chilliwack.

The Kamloopa Pow Wow: July 29-31 at the Tk’emlups Indian Band Powwow Grounds, 200-330 Chief Alex Thomas Way, Kamloops.


Julyamsh Pow Wow: (Arguably the largest outdoor powwow in the Northwest) July 22-24 at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds in Coeur d’Alene.

The Shoshone Bannock Indian Festival: Aug. 11-14 in Fort Hall.

The Rexburg Native American Contest Pow Wow: Sept. 16-17 in Rexburg.


Pi-ume-sha Treaty Days: June 24-26, 2200 Hollywood Blvd., Warm Springs.

22nd annual Wildhorse Pow Wow: July 1-3, 46510 Wildhorse Blvd , Pendleton; Marcellus

Norwest Veterans Pow Wow: July 8-10, 9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde

26th annual Tamkaliks Annual Celebration: July 22-24, Pow Wow Grounds, 70956 Whiskey Creek Road, Wallowa.

Richard Twiss Memorial and Living Waters Pow Wow: July 30, 7790 SE Marion Road, Turner.

Nesika Illahee Pow Wow: Aug, 12-14, Pauline Ricks Memorial Pow Wow Grounds, 402 NE Park Drive, Siletz.

The Klamath Tribes’ Restoration Celebration: Aug. 26-28, in Klamath Falls. The pow wow, parade and rodeo take place at 7390 S. Sixth St., Klamath Falls.

The 13th annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration: Sept. 10-11, in North Bend.


The 2016 Canoe Journey: July 30 – Approximately 100 canoes from Pacific Northwest Native Nations will land at the Port of Olympia.

The Nisqually Tribe Medicine Creek Treaty Commemoration: July 31, Aug. 1-6.

Siiddastallan 2016 / Sami People Gathering: Aug. 12-14 in Poulsbo, Seattle located in Suquamish’s historical territory and founded by immigrants from Scandinavia in the 1880s. This is the first Sami gathering here since 1998.

Chief Seattle Days: Aug. 19-21, the Suquamish Tribe’s three-day public festival established in 1911 to honor Chief Si’ahl, or Seattle, leader of the Duwamish and Suquamish people and namesake of the City of Seattle.

Seattle Center Festál: Spirit of Indigenous People: 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25 at Seattle Center Armory and Mural Amphitheatre ( The seventh annual event celebrates Native American, Alaska Native and First Nations cultures.

The 22nd annual SpiritWalk – Walk for Native Health: June 25 – 8:30 a.m. at the Mural Amphitheatre. Participants will walk to Myrtle Edwards Park and back to Seattle Center to raise funds for various Native community programs.

Quileute Days: July 15-17 in La Push.

Omak Stampede: Aug. 11-14 in Omak.

Stillaguamish Festival of the River and Pow Wow: Aug. 13-14.

40th Annual Muckleshoot Skopabsh Pow Wow: Aug. 19-21.

Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow: Aug. 26-28 in Spokane.

Skagit Valley College Fall Pow Wow: Oct. 14-16 in Mount Vernon.



  1. says

    The dude with the wolf on his head is super awesome. Seriously, if I was gearing up to fight and my opponent looked like that, I’d suddenly be in favor of a negotiated solution to our conflict.

    The wolf’s eyes look like they are backlit with LEDs. Or am I just thinking that’s how I’d rig a wolf war-hat if I was over the top enough to wear one?

  2. says

    Amber glass eyes glow red in the sun. I’ve taken such shots at pow wow before. It’s interesting, sometimes, how people react. One of my favourite photos from the 39th was a dancer with similar paint, but bear, not wolf (see below), and Random J. White Dude comments “lousy photo, can’t even see his eyes!”, seriously missing the point of such paint.

  3. says

    The bear paint is awesome but the wolf still blows me away. I am sure some of it is because I see the horizontal pipe things on the chest as a visual reference to a napoleonic hussar’s uniform, which is also high badassery. I bet the hussars would have done face-paint if they had thought of it. …

    My mind boggles at the work and sincerity in those outfits. Do the men make their own costumes usually? There’s a ton of design elements going on in there and that takes serious attitude to pull off.

  4. says

    Regalia is very personal, traditional, and often handed down from one generation to the next, and yes, it’s handmade. A lot of men do make their own regalia, depending on whether or not they have the necessary skills.

    Have you read / seen the Codex Manesse? One of the really interesting things is that in the upper right corner of every painting, there’s a depiction of the helm, based literally on the coat of arms. Some of them are damn scary.

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