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102nd Meskwaki Powwow Canceled

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Due to circumstances beyond their control, the remainder of the 102nd Annual Meskwaki Powwow has been canceled. This will affect Friday through Sunday’s planned events.

The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa (A.K.A. the Meskwaki Nation) is the only federally recognized tribe in Iowa. They hold cultural events like the Annual Powwow to share with others what is truly distinctive about the Meskwaki way of life, while promoting equality and encouraging cultural awareness.

The Meskwaki consider the Powwow as a time of reaffirmation of hope, of kinship and friendship, and of celebration. They regret its cancellation.

Originally known as the “Green Corn Dance”, the Meskwaki Annual Powwow is a time of celebration historically associated with harvest. It is held on the southernmost portion of the Settlement, adjacent to the Iowa River, which often sees flooding during portions of heavy rainfall.

Because of the color and intrigue of the Powwow, it began attracting attention over the years with the outside world. Although they had been celebrating the harvest together as a tribe for many years, the Meskwaki saw the interest of the outside community and determined that it would be a great way to showcase their unique way of life and promote cultural unity at the same time.

So in 1913, they changed the event’s name to “powwow” and began inviting others to attend. Since then, it has become a celebration that everyone looks forward to attending each year.

Although they regret the cancellation of the remainder of the 102nd annual event, they are optimistic that through events like this others will walk away with open hearts and open minds, able to respect and learn from cultures such as theirs.

They thank you for your understanding and look forward to seeing you next year at the 103’rd Annual Meskwaki Powwow.

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