Mille Lacs Band 43rd Powwow
ONAMIA, Minn. – On August 14-16, American Indian dancers from across the country will participate in traditional dances and drum ceremonies during the 43rd annual Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Powwow on the Band’s powwow grounds located two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs. The event is free and open to the public.
Before each day’s dances, there is a Grand Entry, in which the dancers dressed in brightly colored regalia proceed onto the powwow grounds for an opening ceremony. The Grand Entry times are:
· Friday, August 14, at 7 p.m.
· Saturday, August 15, at 1 and 7 p.m.
· Sunday, August 16, at 1 p.m.
Along with the powwow, the event will include princess and brave contests; food; crafts; raffle drawings; adult and youth horseshoe tournaments; a parade on Saturday, August 15, at 11 a.m.; and a fun run sponsored by the Mille Lacs Indian Museum on Sunday, August 16, at 9 a.m. All events will take place at the powwow grounds.
The Iskigamizigan Powwow Grounds are located 12 miles north of Onamia – or two miles north of Grand Casino Mille Lacs – on Highway 169. Watch for the powwow signs near the site. Free camping, campfire wood, and showers will be available for visitors. Security and medical staff will be at the event; alcohol and drugs are prohibited.