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Plains Indian Museum Powwow Set for June 16-17 in Cody, Wyoming

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Celebrating its 31st year, the 2012 Plains Indian Museum Powwow at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) will take place June 16-17 in Cody, Wyoming.

Just 50 miles from Yellowstone's East Gate, BBHC's longest running public program brings together Native American dancers, drum groups, historians, and artisans alike to share their Northern Plains culture with spectators.

powwow2012posterimgLakota educator Gloria Goggles shares hands-on activities about powwow dance, etiquette, tradition, and song with the return of the popular Powwow Learning Tipi. Factor in the Native arts and crafts, and Powwow is definitely an authentic celebration of the Spirit of the American West.

As tradition directs, the celebration gets underway with the Grand Entry - in which all participants make their way into the powwow arena - at noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, and at noon on Sunday, June 17.

After welcome and an opening prayer, flag and victory songs from the host drum, the posting of flags by the color guard, and a pipe invocation, the competitive dancing begins.

Drums invited for 2012 include Arapaho Nation, St. Stephens, Wyoming; Birney Singers, Lame Deer, Montana; Crazy Horse Singers, Oglala, South Dakota; Lame Deer Singers, Lame Deer, Montana; Night Hawk, Lodge Grass, Montana; and Red Cedar, Arapahoe, Wyoming.

There are categories for all ages, male and female, and include jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, traditional, and chicken dance.

With some dances, spectators are even invited to come to the arena floor and share the celebration. Announcer and Master of Ceremonies Robert "Corky" Old Horn makes it easy for visitors to follow the action.

The Robbie Powwow Garden is an outdoor grass amphitheater with limited bleacher seating and shade; however, visitors may bring their own lawn chairs or blankets. More than 40 vendor booths of authentic, handmade Native arts and crafts surround the Powwow Garden.

The garden is named for Miami Dolphins owner Joe Robbie (1916 - 1990) who funded its construction. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. each day, and concessions are available.

Admission at the gate is $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for youths 7 to 17, and free for children 6 and younger; Historical Center patrons receive a $1 discount with presentation of their membership card.

Tickets are good for one day only and are in addition to Historical Center general admission. Groups may purchase tickets in advance by calling Debra Elwood at (307) 578.4114. Groups can also purchase advance tickets the week of June 11 at the Center's admissions desk.

For more informaion, visit the Web page at
www.bbhc.org .

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