Pow Wow, Cherokee

Cherokee Pow Wow

June 30-July 2, 2017
At the Cherokee Pow Wow, experience authentic Indian dancing, drumming and tribal regalia. Dance competitions kick the excitement up even higher. When strong personal, familial and spiritual traditions are paired with a healthy dose of competition, it's a festival of drum, song and dance. Hundreds of world-champion dancers and drummers compete for thousands of dollars in prizes. Don't miss the "Grand Entry" march on Friday at 7 PM, Saturday 1 PM & 7 PM and Sunday at 1 PM.

Cherokee Pow Wow

Craft vendors from across the country will be on-site and offer a variety of items. Food vendors offer burgers, fry bread, meat pies, roasted corn, snow cones and a variety of cold beverages. It's a cash only event!

Friday, June 30, 2017:

  • 5 PM Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open
  • 6:45 PM Drum Roll will be called
  • 7 PM Presentation of Colors and Grand Entry, Men's Grass Specials, Tiny Tots/Jr’s, Golden Age Men, Golden Age Women, Women's Northern Traditional Specials, Women's Southern Traditional Specials, Cherokee Warrior Specials
  • 10:30 PM Closing

Saturday, July 1, 2017:

  • 12 PM Gates Open
  • 12:45 PM Drum Roll will be called
  • 1 PM Grand Entry
  • 1:30 PM Tiny Tots, Drum Contest, Smoke Dance Specials, “Men’s,” Junior Girls/Junior Boys, Teen Contest, Intertribal, Drum Contests
  • 5 PM Intertribal
  • 5:30–6:30 PM Supper Break
  • 6:45 PM Drum Roll will be called
  • 7 PM Grand Entry, Tiny Tots/Jr's, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Smoke Dance Specials “Women’s,” Intertribal, Men's Fancy Dance Specials, Fireworks
  • 10 PM Closing

Sunday, July 2, 2017:

  • 12 PM Gates Open
  • 1 PM Grand Entry/Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Specials, Men's Team Dance, Women's Team Dance, Drum Contest, Ties and Runoffs, Intertribal
  • 6 PM Winners Announced

Admission: $12/day. Cash only!

Pow Wow Cherokee

Pow Wow is held at the Acquoni Expo Center (1501 Acquoni Road). Cherokee is just 52 miles from Asheville via I-40 West to Exit 27, then U.S. 19 to U.S. 441 in Cherokee (just over an hour's drive).

While you are there, learn more about the Cherokee at the Museum of the Cherokee, "Unto These Hills" outdoor drama and the Oconaluftee Indian Village.

For more info, contact the Cherokee Welcome Center at 1-800-438-1601.

Also, go to the Cherokee Indian Fair in October.

Nearby Things to Do

Home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, find a large variety of ways to experience the Indian heritage. Tour the museum and Indian Village and watch "Unto These Hills." Shop for local crafts, see their painted bears, attend a pow wow or try your luck at the huge Harrah's Casino. It's also a major gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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