Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni (Celebration): July 3-7 at the Powwow Grounds in Arlee. The 121st annual gathering is the premiere annual celebration of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes, and includes traditional dance competitions, singing and drumming and a Fourth of July parade. Vendors offer handmade beaded crafts and food, including Indian tacos. Visit www.arleepowwow.com.
Northern Cheyenne 4th of July Powwow: July 5-7 at the Kenneth Beartusk Memorial Powwow Grounds in Lame Deer. Activities at the largest powwow on the reservation include fun runs and health walks, the Princess Contest, dancing contests, gourd dancing, and traditional feasts. Visit www.cheyennenation.com.
North American Indian Days: July 11-14 in Browning. The 68th annual celebration and the largest and most impressive of Blackfeet tribal events hosts Native Americans from every region of the United States and Canada. Featured events include traditional drumming and dancing contests, the crowning of Miss Blackfeet, a parade, fun run, PRCA rodeo events and more. Learn more at blackfeetcountry.com/powwows.
Standing Arrow Powwow: July 18-21 at the Powwow Grounds in Elmo. The 42nd annual celebration, organized by the Kootenai Culture Committee, brings dancers, drummers, vendors and visitors from many states, including Canada, to Elmo the third weekend in July. Visit www.csktribes.org.
Milk River Indian Days: July 26-28 at the Fort Belknap Powwow Arbor. Spirited and colorfully clad Native American dancers are the highlight of this 55th annual celebration, which includes drummers, and music in a spectacular display.
Wadopana Celebration: Aug. 1-4 in Wolf Point. The oldest traditional powwow in Montana includes special ceremonies for naming individuals and honoring family members. It opens Thursday with camping day and a community feast; Saturday brings games, run/walks, and outdoor activities for youngsters. Visit www.fortpecktribes.org.
Rocky Boy Powwow: Aug. 2-4 at Rocky Boys Agency in Box Elder. The 54th annual celebration is the largest event hosted by the Chippewa Cree Tribe. For one weekend every August, Rocky Boys Indian Reservation jumps in population while hosting a lively celebration of Native American culture. Visit www.facebook.com/ChippewaCree.
Crow Fair and Rodeo: Aug. 14-19 at Crow Agency. The 101st gathering of the Apsáalooke Nation is considered the largest modern-day American Indian encampment in the U.S. with approximately 1,200 to 1,500 tipis, earning it the title of “Tipi Capital of the World.” Many cultural activities take place throughout the celebration, including parades, a four-day powwow, a rodeo and horse races. Visit www.crow-nsn.gov.
Little Shell Powwow: Aug. 24 at the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park in Ulm. The Little Shell Chippewa powwow features drumming, dancing, and traditional dress, crafts, children’s activities, exhibits and Native food. Call 406-315-2400.
Fort Kipp Celebration: Aug. 23-25 in Poplar. Celebration of native culture and traditions includes dancing, food, crafts and fellowship. Call 406-768-2102 for more information.
Metis Celebration and Powwow: Aug. 30- Sept. 1 at the Fergus County Fairgrounds in Lewistown. The annual celebration features Native fiddlers, dancers, singers, and crafters from across the United States and Canada. Call 406-868-7980.
Ashland Labor Day Powwow: Aug. 30-Sept. 2 at the Arbor in Ashland. Drummers and dancers from many tribes participate in this annual celebration, featuring giveaways, gourd dancing and hand games. Visit www.CheyenneNation.com.
Last Chance Community Powwow: Sept. 27-28 at the fairgrounds in Helena. The 21st annual powwow’s theme, “Honor the Children,” reflects the mission to teach youth the many traditions of Native American culture. Children are involved in drumming, singing, dancing, regalia-making and fundraising. Visit www.lastchancepowwow.com.