Penn State Traditional American Indian Powwow Set For April 22 & 23

The 17th annual Penn State Traditional American Powwow will be held at the C3 Sports Complex in State College on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23.

Traditional American Indian dancers and Native Drum Groups from American Indian reservations and communities across the United States and Canada will gather for “one of the finest Traditional American Indian powwows in or outside of Indian Country.”

The powwow will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on April 22, with the Dancer Grand Entry at noon and 6:30 p.m.

On April 23, the powwow will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the Dancer Grand Entry starting at noon. Admission to the two-day event is free.

Penn State “recognizes the powwow as a signature cultural event” and will host American Indian vendors around the United States. This includes vendors from Cherokee, North Carolina, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Pine Ridge, South Dakota. They will sell items like Native-made beadwork, quillwork, silver, turquoise, and wampum.

Native food will also be available. From corn soup to American frybread to buffalo from Northern Tribal Nations, many cultural food choices will be available for purchase.

The powwow annually attracts thousands of people while simultaneously “honoring family values and maintaining American Indian traditions.”

If you have any questions, visit or reach out to powwow coordinator John Sanchez at [email protected].

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