20th Annual Austin Pow Wow

Posted by on November 20, 2011

Cherokee Color Guard

Cherokee Color Guard

I have a way of locating pow wows wherever I go. While in Houston, I was so busy with other things that I didn’t get a chance to locate any close to Tomball or Houston. I did learn of the Circle of Life Intertribal Pow Wow on Labor Day Weekend near Bandera before I left Houston. Unfortunately I neglected to mark it on a calendar for future reference after I looked up the pow wow. The reminder came from my roommate Saturday afternoon September 3rd, along with information that there was an entrance fee of $5 per person for the public to attend the Bandera Pow Wow.  Would the dancers also pay a fee?  I will have to wait til next year to find out.


Evening Grand Entry

Evening Grand Entry


I learned of the Austin Pow Wow about two weeks before the event and made a mental note that I was not going to miss this one. During the week preceding the pow wow, I located the Dancer’s Flyer online and looked up the location. While it would have been about a 30 minute drive from my former apartment in North Austin, it was now less than 15 minutes away from the place where I’m currently staying in South Austin.  I dug into the box in my closet that I packed all my regalia in prior to my most recent move and loaded up one of my book bags.  Unsure if other pow wows in the area charged an entrance fee or not, I was definitely going to show up to dance in Grand Entry and Intertribals regardless.


Grand Entries were at 10 am, 1 pm, and 6 pm.  I showed up before 9 am and stayed until around 7 pm, though I probably could have stayed on until close at 10 pm.  Also, I made some important networking contacts during the pow wow, and I plan to attend other pow wows in the area in the future.  It’s good to feel at “home” with other Native Americans, especially Native Veterans.


Oh, this pow wow is free to the public and hospitality provides food for dancers and family.  Vendors provide food and curiosities for sale outside.

Photos courtesy of Bill Bellinghausen, et al.

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