Meskwaki Indian Pow Wow – Tama, Iowa
The Meskwaki Pow Wow originated from the traditional religious and social beliefs of the tribe. Today it is more of a social gathering than a religious event.
The years had taken their toll on the celebration which was called “Field Days” in celebration of the corn crop that had been harvested. In 1913 the name was changed to Pow Wow.
The first Pow Wow was held at the location of the old village. Five wickiups were arranged in a circle to enclse the dance ground and dancers performed. There were three tribes at the first Pow Wow, the Winnebagos from Nebraska, Kickapoos from Kansas and the Sauks from Oklahoma.
Today you will experience the ancient dances and ancient songs at one moment and a contemporary song or dance next. Time moves on and so does the Pow Wow. The Meskwaki Powwow is the only one of its kind and is held annually on the only Indian Settlement in the State of Iowa. During the four day affair, the gathered Indians celebrate and perform in full-dress regalia, dances that have been handed down for generations.
There are the following dances:
Buffalo Head Dance
Harvest or Bean Dance
Victory or Solider Dance
The Meskwaki welcome you to their Pow Wow, they would love to share their history and pleasure with you.
Address: 349 Meskwaki Rd., Tama, Iowa 52339
Location: The Powwow site, historically known as the “Old Battleground” is 4 miles west of Tama, IA on Hwy E 49 and along the east bank of the Iowa River near the original 80 acres of the Miskwaki Settlement.
Phone for Dates and Information: 641-484-4678
Thursday thru Sunday Sessions start at 1 pm and 7 pm.
Adults $6, Children $4
Thursday is Children’s Day for 6 to 12 year olds and admission is just $2. Friday is Senior Citizen’s Day for 55 + at $4. Saturday is Veteran’s Day with proof of service admission is $3. Sunday is Governor’s Day