This event dedicated to celebrating and educating others about the American Indian culture only occurs every three years at the 110-acre Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds. The four-day event introduces visitors to a cultural experience filled with traditional singing and dancers in full regalia, primitive skills demonstrations, a living history tipi village, ethnic foods, crafts, artisans, kids' activities, bird shows and so much more.
Shows, Demonstrations & Workshops
Whether its musicians performing live native music, shows featuring birds of prey, educational workshops teaching the culture or demonstrations showcasing primitive skills and weapons, there truly is something different every day of the festival that would interest anyone.
One thing visitors quickly learn during this event is the role dancing plays in the American Indian culture. Simply put, dancing is a way of life. Dance sessions and shows throughout National Powwow include children powwow exhibitions, gourd dancing and you can’t miss the pageantry of the Grand Entry every evening at 7 p.m. to kick off each spectacularly colorful intertribal dance session.
Tour the tipi village with more than 20 lodges, many painted and furnished with historically accurate decor. Have a seat and chat with knowledgeable lodge owners about the history and construction of their lodge. Then, complete your cultural education by sampling a bison burger and some fry bread, or try the famous ‘Indian taco’ for lunch at one of the authentic food vendors.
Browse the many vendors featuring authentic American Indian arts and crafts and artifacts. Take home a memento and see who wins the festival's Arts & Crafts Competition.