Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow 2024

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Come experience a time-honored tradition this July 5th – 7th at the Wampanoag Powwow (Pawâw). This is a great experience to learn about the Wampanoag people and the culture that existed prior to the European settlers arriving on Cape Cod.

What is a Powwow?

powwow arielA Powwow, or Pawâw as it historically known,  is a Native American gathering in which Native Americans gather to sing, dance, and feast in honor of their historical backgrounds. There is typically a high turnout of local tribal members, as well as members of sister tribal nations, and friends of the tribe from all over the country.

The Powwow typically begins with the grand entry. This is when everyone involved in the Powwow enters.  Everyone is asked to stand during the grand entry, and it is typically concluded by a ceremonial song.

The grand entry is typically led off by veterans holding various flags. They are then followed by the Powwow honored guests, which include the chiefs, princesses, and elders of the tribes present. They are then followed by the dancers.

After that, the dancing and singing begin!  The hosting tribe offers prize money for dance and drum competitions throughout the weekend.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow

Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Mashpee Powwow.

When is the Powwow Held?

The 103rd annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow will be held from July 5th through 7th. Gates open daily at 10 am, with the grand entry at 12 pm each day.

Where is the Powwow?clambakepow

The Powwow will be held on the Pawâw Grounds at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center. Mashpee has been the home of the Wampanoag tribe for approximately 12,000 years.  The address of their annual Powwow is:  483 Great Neck Road South.

Is There an Admission Fee?

General Admission to the Powwow is again $15 this year, with a discounted price of $10 for Elders. Children under 5 years of age will be admitted for free. Tickets are available at the gate and on online at Eventbrite.

This Years Theme

Every year the annual Powwow has a certain theme that is focused on throughout the ceremonies. This years theme is Understanding the Ways of Fire. Fire is a powerful force throughout the Native heritage and legends and will be honored at this year ceremonies.

What is there to do at the Powwow?

While the Powwow is a little different each year, the Powwow usually has vendors, dancing, singing, contests, food, and special events. Grand Entry will take place daily at 12:00 PM. The annual fireball ceremony will be held on Saturday, July 6th, at dusk.

More popular events include the Sly Fox Mishoon Race and the sunrise naming ceremony.  The crowning ceremony for Little Miss Wampanoag and the Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow Princess will take place on Sunday, July 7th.

Are There Any Rules to Be Aware Of?

Taking pictures is allowed for many of the dances and ceremonies; however there are some points during the Powwow that taking photos is not allowed. These times will be announced over the loudspeaker. When in doubt, use common courtesy and ask permission.

Respectfully, they ask that do pets, alcohol of drugs be brought onto the ground.  Check out the Wampanoag Tribe website for more information.

Where Can I Learn More About the Wampanoag?

If you are interested in learning more about the Wampanoag tribe, you should check out our article on Wampanoag Tribe History on Cape Cod. Additionally, if you are in Mashpee for the Powwow, you can visit the Mashpee Wampanoag Museum to learn more about the tribe’s history and culture.




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This Post Has 2 Comments

    1. Heidi Blake

      Some photography is allowed but there are portions of the ceremony that are not.
      Instructions are given or you can ask permission if uncertain.

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