Posted By BrokenClaw on January 30, 2007
One can find plenty of websites which maintain a calendar of pow wows. The difficulty is that the job can be so overwhelming, since there is no central database, they must rely on organizers and participants to submit updated information. As a result, most listings are incomplete or outdated. By limiting this page to the Maryland region, I hope to stay as current as possible by using a 12-month rolling calendar. In addition to pow wows and festivals, this page may also include public meetings and events of native American interest.
Dates marked with an *asterisk on this calendar are tentative, based on the previous year’s calendar, and will be verified at a later date. Unfortunately, many organizations don’t seem to update their websites until immediately before an event. Please read the disclaimer. To submit new or updated information for this page, please use the Comment form below.
= Link to Organizer’s Website for more information
||I encourage everyone to visit the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, which has special events throughout the year.|
||Eastern Woodland Indian Village Days. Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard, Calvert County, MD. A glimpse of everyday life as it was around the Chesapeake Bay over 500 years ago, with demonstrations and hands-on opportunities. Various weekends throughout the year.|
||Mother’s Day Pow wow sponsored by the American Indian Society of Washington, DC, in Ruther Glen, Virginia. Native American dancing, drumming and singing honoring mothers and grandmothers.|
||Baltimore Traditional mini Powwow. Sponsored by the Baltimore American Indian Center. Vendors, demonstrations, and activities for the children. Museum tour included with admission.|
||Cedarville Band of Piscataway Indians. 30th Annual Festival and Pow wow, sponsored by the American Indian Cultural Center of Waldorf, MD.|
||Otoe-Missouria 131st Encampment, Red Rock, Noble County, Oklahoma. Yes, I know this is nowhere near Maryland, but it is my pow wow, so I will always list it here.|
||American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization 27th Annual Pow Wow at Calvert County Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick, MD.|
||Woodland Indian Discovery Day. Historic St.Mary’s City in St.Mary’s County, MD. Discover the world of Maryland’s first citizens as you try skills and experience arts.|
||Nanticoke Indian Powwow in Millsboro, Delaware. Traditional intertribal pow wow with representatives from more then forty tribes expected. Plenty of vendors, demonstrations, and children’s activities. Sunday morning worship service.|
||Nause-Waiwash Band of Indians 19th Annual Native American Festival, to be held at the Ballpark in Vienna, Dorchester County, MD. Traditional dancers, singers, and drumming, with crafts and artist demonstrations, vendors, and food.|
||Muddy Run Tradional Pow Wow at Muddy Run Park in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Native American dancing, food, crafts and jewelry. Dances for the public to join in. See the Muddy Run website for camping and directions. For more information contact: Noni at 717-776-1075 or Arvil at 717-817-6421, or email ManyHawks@Comcast.net or firstname.lastname@example.org.|
||American Indian Festival. Fourth annual educational festival, sponsored by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning, Natural and Historical Resources Division, to be held at the Patuxent River Park in Prince George’s County, MD. Rain or shine. Free admission and parking.|
||National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, sponsored by the Indian Health Service. Various celebrations, displays, and demonstrations throughout the month in and around Washington, DC. Check their calendar.|
||American Indian Powwow, 8th Annual powwow sponsored by the University of Maryland Office of Multi-ethnic Student Education, at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the College Park campus in Prince George’s County.|
||Morning Star Celebration at the John Carroll School in Harford County, MD. 12th Annual Benefit Dance for St.Labre Indian School in Ashland, Montana. American Indian culture will be celebrated throughout the day with music, dance, food, and crafts. Contact: Gary Scholl by email or by phone at 410-838-8333 ext 2002.|
More information on the Web
- Pow Wow Etiquette for newcomers — an article I wrote for this web site.
- American Indian Society of Washington, DC — directory of local events throughout the year, mostly in Virginia.
- Maryland State Office of Tourism Development. Complete listing of a wide variety of cultural, artistic, and recreational events in Maryland.
- See more links to Native American organizations in Maryland.
BrokenClaw.net provides this page as a public service. I verify all information on this page with event organizers at the time of posting. However, I am not responsible for changes or cancellations. Dates marked with an *asterisk are tentative and will be verified at a later date. Visitors are encouraged to check the contact info immediately prior to an event. The sources for this page include the Maryland State Office of Tourism Development, supplemented by web searches, email, phone calls, and even snail mail. All of these events are open to the public. Expect to pay a nominal admission fee to cover the cost of the site and facilities.
To facilitate accuracy, I use a link to the organizer’s website whenever possible, rather than reproducing all of the information here. I personally verify all dates with the event organizers at the time of posting. If you see other websites with these same descriptions, they probably copied them from here. I find it amusing, yet disturbing, when a website copies text from another website, and then puts a copyright notice on their own page. I only ask that they credit BrokenClaw.net.
To submit new or updated information for this page, please use the Comment form below.