Looking for a great event to take the whole family to that will provide both a fun and educational experience? The 42nd Annual Denver March Powwow at the Denver Coliseum, just a quick drive from the Holiday Inn, this coming weekend from March 25th to 27th is sure to be a fun time for everyone! Featuring over 1,600 dancers from nearly 100 tribes spanning across 38 states, this yearly celebration of Indigenous Peoples is one of the largest in the country.
The Powwow revolves around a huge dance spectacle that celebrates the history of the Indigenous People of this country. It is broken up into 3 sections: The Grand Entry, Intertribal Dances, and Contest Dances. The Grand Entry will feature booming drums and a magnificent entrance from every participating tribe. Intertribal Dancing is a period when all members of all tribes are welcome to dance at the same time. It showcases the inherent nature of Powwow dancing - a mostly individual activity that is done within the confines of a group. Contest Dancing is just what it sounds like: a competition! This is when you'll see different tribes go head to head in an array of different categories.
Another fun and traditional feature of this year's Powwow will be storytelling. Storytelling is a huge part of indigenous culture and will be performed by renowned storyteller Philip Whiteman Jr., also known as Yellow Bird. There will also be vendors set up throughout the festival so you can view and purchase homemade and authentic crafts, blankets, clothing, and more!
This is a fantastic way to spend a weekend with the family and learn more about the incredible cultures of a remarkable group of people. Once you're all danced out, you can head back to the Holiday Inn and relax with us!