Come experience a time-honored tradition this July 1st – 3rd 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?
A powwow is a Native American gathering in which Native Americans gather to sing, dance, and feast in honor of their historical backgrounds. The Powwow typically begins with the grand entry. This is when everyone involved in the Powwow enters.
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.
Everyone is asked to stand during the grand entry, and it is typically concluded by a ceremonial song. After that, the dancing and singing begin!
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 101st annual Mashpee Wampanoag Powwow will be held from July 1st through July 3rd. Gates open daily at 10 am, with the grand entry at 1 pm.
Where is the Powwow?
The Powwow will be held on the Pawâw Grounds at the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center. The address is 483 Great Neck Road South.
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. 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.