Event Information

Dates + Location

**EVENT UPDATE: MARCH 12, 2020**
In alignment with the University’s policy to minimize the impact of the COVID-19 (corona) virus on the community, the 2020 Powwow has been postponed. We currently are aiming to hold this event sometime this summer. Please check back periodically for updates, and thank you for your support and understanding

Ticket Information

UM students are free

Wristband Type Cost
One day
Adult $10.00
Child 6-12 $5.00
Non UM – Student/Senior (62+) $7.00
Family (Up to 2 Adults and 3 Children) $29.00
Weekend
Adult $15.00
Child 6-12 $7.00
Non UM – Student/Senior (62+) $10.00

Tentative Schedule of Events

Day 1

10:30 a.m. Doors and exhibitor booths open to the public
11:30 a.m. Drum Roll Call
12:00 p.m. Grand Entry
Flag Song, Invocation, Veteran’s Song, Welcome Address, Special Guest spotlight
1:30 p.m. Intertribal Dancing
2:00 p.m. Contest and Exhibition Dancing
Storytelling with Panoka Walker
2:20 p.m. Student Honor Song
3:15 p.m. Tiny Tot Exhibition (Newborn-6 years old)
3:30 p.m. Contest Dancing
3:30 p.m. Contest and Exhibition Dancing
5:30 p.m. Dinner Break: Hand Drum Contest
6:30 p.m. Drum Roll Call
7:00 p.m. Grand Entry
Flag Song, Invocation, Veteran’s Song, Special Guest spotlight
8:00 p.m. Intertribal Dancing
8:30 p.m. Contest and Exhibition Dancing
10:30 p.m. Grand Exit

Day 2

10:30 a.m. Doors and exhibitor booths open to the public
11:30 a.m. Drum Roll Call
12:00 p.m. Grand Entry
Flag Song, Invocation, Veteran’s Song, Special Guest spotlight
1:00 p.m. Intertribal Dancing
1:30 p.m. Storytelling with Panoka Walker
2:00 p.m. Contest and Exhibition Dancing
3:00 p.m. Tiny Tot Exhibition (Newborn-6 years old)
4:45 p.m. Powwow Committee Give-Away
5:15 p.m. Grand Exit and Traveling Song
6:00 p.m. Contest Winner Announcements

*schedule is subject to change.

Day 1

Pickup Time Pickup Location Destination
10:30 AM Student Activities Building Skyline High School
12:00 PM Skyline High School Student Activities Building
12:30 PM Student Activities Building Skyline High School
2:30PM Skyline High School Student Activities Building
3:00 PM Student Activities Building Skyline High School
5:30 PM Skyline High School Student Activities Building
6:00 PM Student Activities Building Skyline High School
8:00 PM Skyline High School Student Activities Building

Day 2

Pickup Time Pickup Location Destination
10:30 AM Student Activities Building Skyline High School
12:00 PM Skyline High School Student Activities Building
12:30 PM Student Activities Building Skyline High School
2:30PM Skyline High School Student Activities Building
3:00PM Student Activities Building Skyline High School
3:30PM Skyline High School Student Activities Building

Head Staff

Head Veteran: Chris Franklin
MC: Jason Whitehouse
Arena Director: Jaime Oxendine
Drum Judge: Brian Moore
Men’s Dance Judge: Paul Syrette
Women’s Dance Judge: Judy Robinson

Host Drum: Snake Island
Co-host Drum: Painted Rock
Invited Drums: Second Island, Woodland Stream, Wind Eagle

Women’s Head Dancers: Lisa Hill, Jackie Klein, Natalie Webster
Men’s Head Dancers: Marcus Winchester, Adrian Klein, Bernard Webster

Volunteering at the Powwow

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form. Please note the training dates.

Group volunteering is welcomed as well and encouraged. Thank you! Miigwetch! We look forward to seeing you Powwow weekend

Contest Information

Dance Placings:
Adult Men/Women:
1: $500
2: $400
3: $300

Please message danceformotherearth@gmail.com if you’re interested in payouts for other age groups.

Drum Contest:
1: $2100
2: $1800
3: $150o

Powwow Etiquette

  • Please stand, remove hats and refrain from taking photographs during all Honor Songs.
  • Please stand, remove hats and refrain from taking photographs when an eagle feather is being retrieved from the dance circle.
  • No alcohol or drugs are allowed on the premises. The Ann Arbor Powwow Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone believed to be intoxicated or under the influence.
  • Please ask permission before taking pictures of dancers outside the dance circle. Always ask permission before taking a picture of the singers and their drum.
  • The dancers’ clothing is referred to as “regalia”, not “costumes.”
  • Respect the dancers’ regalia, do not touch unless given permission.
  • Please listen to the Powwow Masters of Ceremonies for specific instructions.

Additional Expectations for Media

Please understand that the dancers and singers are not entertainers, they are members of Native communities from all over the country, participating in this cultural celebration with their families.

Please be respectful and abide by the following guidelines.

The media does not have permission to photograph individual dancers, singers, or even drums unless you ask for the individual’s (or drum keeper’s) permission. If permission is granted, photograph/article/video recording must be published/broadcast with the appropriate information.

  • DANCER
    • Name of individual
    • Tribal Affiliation
    • Dance Style
  • SINGER
    • Name
    • Tribal Affiliation
    • Northern or Southern
  • DRUM
    • Name of Drum Group
    • Northern or Southern style
    • Region/State where drum group is from

It is strongly suggested that you provide a copy of the photograph and/or publication to the individual you photographed or interviewed.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask anyone from Powwow Staff

Vendor Application