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Annual Pow Wow

September 27, 2019 - September 29, 2019

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One event on July 5, 2020 at 12:00 am

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Bishop Pow Wow

Along with the beautiful autumn weather of the Eastern Sierras comes the annual tradition of the Pabanamanina  Pow Wow.  This 3-day event is held annually on the 4th weekend of September to celebrate California Indian Day.    The weekend’s festivities include a parade, road run, and traditional hand games but the highlight of the weekend is the Pow Wow!   For over 30 years, volunteers have planned annually for a successful Pow Wow that not only brings some of Indian Country’s best dancers, drummers, food vendors and Native American Craft vendors but also has become one of the largest Native American gatherings and homecoming for the Owens Valley’s Tribal communities.  Our visitors and participants travel from every corner of the United States and Canada to come to our valley. Many of our visitors have made our Pow Wow an annual destination for their families.

Princess contests, social dancing, traditional clapper singing, special honorings, and of course, the competition dancing keeps the weekend’s agenda full of excitement.

For the spectator, please feel welcome to bring a lawn chair & shade to enjoy festivities.  Our food vendors will be providing a variety of selections (traditional foods and contemporary) to satisfy your palates.  Also, it is well worth the stroll thru our Art/Craft vendors who will be bringing beadwork, pottery, books/music, handmade crafts and other Native American Art that is representative of the tribes throughout the country.   One of-a-kind items can be found and it is not too early to begin thinking about your gift-buying!  While every Grand Entry is worth experiencing, Saturday evening is usually a special time to experience the pow wow at its best.

For the participant, the agenda will begin with social dancing on Friday night highlighting the local Paiute Traditional singing and special contests/exhibitions. Whether you are a social or a serious competitor, there will be plenty of inter-tribal dancing and of course, the competitive contesting among various categories such as Jingle Dress, Fancy Shawl, Traditional, and Grass dancers.  We have several “specials” for participants to win cash and other great prizes such the annual committee special adult contests and all military/veteran honoring.

For more information, contact Paiute Palace Casino (760) 873-4150 or 


Paiute Palace Casino
2742 N. Sierra Hwy
Bishop, CA 93514

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