Experience Meskwaki Culture at Annual Powwow

After a two-year hiatus, the Meskwaki Nation is hosting their 106th annual powwow near Tama. Photo: Meskwaki Media.

Held on the only Native American settlement in Iowa, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow will be Aug. 11–14. The Meskwaki Nation is made up of the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, and their federally recognized settlement is located near Tama (about 20 minutes east of Marshalltown). Each year, they host a four-day festival and invite visitors to enjoy the ceremonies alongside the tribe.

The powwow showcases traditional dancing, singing, food and artwork. Learn about dances, such as the Friendship Dance or Swan Dance, passed down through generations; see the beautiful regalia handmade to represent the tribe; and taste traditional foods like Meskwaki fry bread.

The tribe asks that all visitors be respectful of the sacred nature of the powwow. Click here to see the tribe’s rundown of what to expect and general powwow etiquette.

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