The San Luis Valley is the native homeland of several federally-recognized tribes whose ancestors have inhabited the land for thousands of years, and who remain active stewards of this beautiful region today. The Saguache Community Pow Wow is an exciting event designed to share a piece of the rich indigenous culture with the wider community.
This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday to Sunday, August 29th to 30th, 2020. The organizers of this event have not announced whether the event will be postponed or cancelled. Check the event Facebook page as it gets closer to the event to find more information. The organizers of the Pow Wow have also been participating in a digital event called a Social Distance Powwow, which can be viewed on Facebook as well.
This event takes place over two days in late August, and is free and open to the public. The event begins with a Grand Entry to kick off the celebration, followed by traditional music and dancing. A drum circle will be held, and the evening ends with a Pot Luck Honor Meal. This Pow Wow is a unique inter-tribal celebration shared with many tribes that have cultural ties to this region, including the Southern Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, Navajo, Jicarilla Apache, and Comanche.
Past years of the Saguache Community Pow Wow have featured the following individuals in multiple roles:
- MC: LongSoldier
- Arena Director: Joey PoorThunder
- Head Woman: Dawn Dream Eagle
- Host Drum: Nihoka Dine, Tuba City Arizona
- Guest Drum: Up Stream Singers, Kansas Kickapoo
Other participants include the indigenous artist known as Snow Wolf, as well as artistic creations by Crowfox Creations. A small craft fair and farmer’s market usually surrounds the park where the Pow Wow is held.
Attending a Pow Wow is an excellent way to learn more about indigenous cultures, aid in dispelling myths about Native Americans, and share in a celebration of native culture by honoring the homeland and inhabitants of Southern Colorado.
Address: Otto Mears Park, 702 Pitkin Ave, Saguache, CO 81149
Date: Saturday-Sunday, August 29-30, 2020