Red Cloud - 1822-1909 - Oglala Sioux leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.
Red Cloud


Geronimo - 1829-1909 - Apache leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.


Sitting Bull - 1834-1890 - Hunkpapa Sioux leader. - Move mouse pointer over name to see comment.
Sitting Bull


Chief Joseph - Move mouse pointer over name to see quote.
Chief Joseph


Favorite Natives


Favorite Native Music



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Each of the Pow Wow info blocks below are displayed for approximately 45 days prior and throughout the event. Some larger events with websites may be displayed much earlier to help with vacation planning (as much as 150 days).

 Each event is outlined in a box. If an event date has been confirmed, the background color of the entire box will have a blueish cast to it. Keep in mind that even though an event is shown as being confirmed, sometimes the event cooridinators will still change the date, but not inform us, so make sure you verify a date before showing up.

Some events have two different colored border lines. The color of the outermost border indicates whether there is a web address for the event. The box color will be either Gold or Red. Gold is for events that have a web site. Red indicates there is no web site, so you cannot click the details to get more information. For those that do, the text and link is in lilac color, with the Gold border; the others are in light blue, with a Red border.

 If the event has two border lines, the inner box line color provides more information. An event may be canceled. In this case, the inside box is a solid cyan color. It may be canceled for just one year, or it could be canceled for all future events. An event may also be postponed. In this case, the inside box is a dashed purple color. It may be postponed for the year, or it may be rescheduled for a later date in the same year. Cyan = Canceled. Purple = Postponed.

Occasionally, an event comes to an end permanently, although we may not have the information that informs us that is the case. Every year, each event has to be confirmed to ensure the dates are correct. If we cannot locate information that confirms an event is still going on three years in a row, there is a good change the event has ended permanently but we do not know the details about its demise. In that case, the inner box color will be Indian Red. You should take this into consideration if you are planning to attend one of these events.

Regardless of the other details, if an event date has been confirmed, the background of the box will have a blue cast to it.



148th Annual QuaPaw Pow Wow
(First Thursday through Sunday in July)
Confirmed (this year:
First Thursday through Sunday in July):

Thu, Fri, Sat
July 2-4, 2020

Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
5681 South 630 Road
Quapaw, OK 74363

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Mike Shawnee (Pow Wow Chairman):

6th Annual Wakpamni Lake Area Communities Traditional Wacipi & Horse Races
(First weekend in July)
Original date unconfirmed: (First weekend in July)
Fri, Sat, Sun
July 3-5, 2020
(was 9-11 days ago)

Wakpamni Lake Area
North Side of Hwy 18 in town
Dakota St & 2nd St
Batesland, SD 57716

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Sandy Two Lance
Robert Two Crow
Wilma Standing Bear

58th Annual Flandreau Santee Sioux Wacipi
(Third Weekend in July)
Unconfirmed (but based on most recent confirmed year:
Third Weekend in July):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 17-19, 2020
(in 3 days)

Wacipi grounds north of Flandreau off Hwy 13
Flandreau, SD 57028

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Mike Wakeman at 605-530-0236 (not reachable)
Sylvia at 605-573-4195

Annual Running Antelope Wacipi
(Last weekend of July)
Unconfirmed (but based on most recent confirmed year:
Last weekend of July):

Fri, Sat, Sun
July 24-26, 2020
(in 10 days)

Running Antelope District
Little Eagle, SD 57639

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Running Antelope District Chairman, Adrian Kills Crow 605.823.2211
Bobbi Kraft: 605-865-3678

44th Annual Lincoln Indian Club Powwow
(First Weekend in August)
Unconfirmed (but based on most recent confirmed year:
First Weekend in August):

Friday, Saturday
Jul 31-Aug 1, 2020
(in 17 days)

William Canbe Arean at Indian Center, Inc.
1100 Military Road
Lincoln, NE 68508

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Other things call Judy at 402-580-7045


Annual Ft Union Indian Arts Showcase & Northern Plains Oyate Pow Wow
(First full weekend in August)
Confirmed (this year:
First full weekend in August):

Saturday, Sunday
August 1-2, 2020
(in 18 days)

Fort Union Trading Post:
15550 Highway 1804
Williston, ND 58001

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Charla Crazy Bull or Loren Yellow Bird:
701-570-7477 or 701-572-9083

2020 Canton Barefoot Park Pow Wow
(88th Annual )
(4th Weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun))
Unconfirmed (but based on most recent confirmed year:
4th Weekend (Fri, Sat, Sun)):

Fri, Sat, Sun
August 21-23, 2020
(in 38 days)

Canton, OK 73724

(Google Maps and Satellite maps logo)
Tom Cartwright
Christina Birdshead
Arnick Birdshead
Cincie Upchego


Vásquez's attack on North American Natives


Starting in Mexico, Francisco Vásquez de Coronado* entered what is now the United States near the bend at the bottom edge of Arizona.  Vásquez along with around 100 men* headed north ahead of the others.  Encountering several villages of small and medium size, Vásquez was sure Cibola existed further north.  Reaching the pueblo villages of Hawikuh and Halona (now Zuni, New Mexico), Vásquez felt the Cibola he searched for had been found.  The people resisted and fought back with fervor.  Undaunted, Vásquez's army powered with crossbows proved their superiority over the bow and arrow, continuing to fight until he overpowered the village.  In the aftermath, the gold he sought was not there.

Based on rumors of the riches at the Kingdom of Tequayo, Vásquez followed the Rio Grande to the east.  Instead of a kingdom, Vásquez found the mud villages of the Tewa natives.  Frustrated by not discovering the riches he hoped for, Vásquez camped out while sending out excursions in all directions.  To the north, Cicuye To the south, Albuquerque.  Areas around Albuquerque and as far as the Grand Canyon were searched for the fabled riches without luck.

To the northeast of Albuquerque, Vásquez came to the Kuauna pueblo near Bernalillo, a pueblo village having more than 1,100 rooms.  Angered by resistance, Vásquez killed and took prisoners.  Still no riches.

Survivors hid waiting for Vásquez to leave the area.  It is said that around this time, one of the prisoners let it be known that he knew of a place where the riches did exist called Quivara  Some speculate it was a plot to lead Vásquez away.

The expedition entered Texas to the pueblo of Floydada, where another battle ensued.  At the end of the battle, still no gold.  At this point, Vásquez was frustrated, his troops tired.  It was clear that 2,000 troops weren't needed to overcome such small odds.  All but around 30 were sent back to Mexico as Vásquez, the prisoner, and the others headed north, theoretically now in search of Quivara.

The exploration crossed over into Oklahoma approximately at the north east corner of the top of the rectangle, continuing north over the thin strip of Oklahoma into Kansas.

After entering into Kansas, Vásquez visited the areas around Liberal, and on to Lyons without any gold or riches.

The prisoner's fabled Quivira story was looking thin.  His purpose served and seeing the end, he admitted the charade and paid the ultimate price.

Vásquez traveled further to verify the rumors were in prophecy only before returning back along an almost identical path back into Mexico.  It has been speculated that Vásquez may have reached Nebraska, however, there is little evidence to support the claims.  Vásquez's steps were traceable, the exploration left evidence all along the way.  At every battle encounter, the evidence continues to be uncovered 478 years later.

In the end, Vásquez's encounters were no different than his predecessors in the southwest.  Even though the mountain of gold was not discovered, the golden Midwest was.

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Both Liberal and Lyons, Kansas have Vásquez de Coronado museums.

Coronado National Memorial in Arizona
Coronado State Memorial in New Mexico

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