Mihsihkinaahkwa pow wow is a traditional pow wow. The
Miami people host this event annually on the weekend following
the first full week in August.
pow wow is a special event and this one is no exception.
The Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow wow is unique because it creates
a special occasion for the Native Americans to come together,
here in Whitley County, to honor, strengthen and share
traditions -- with one another, and with the general public.
This location in Whitley County is an appropriate setting
for this event, for here in Miami territory was the birthplace
of Mihsihkinaahkwa, or Little Turtle, the great Miami
Miami will host the twenty-first annual Mihsihkinaahkwa
Pow wow Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 11-13, 2017,
at Morsches' Park, Columbia City, Indiana. Gates will
open on Saturday at 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., and Sunday from
10 a.m. until 5 PM. See Directions
The Pow wow Committee is pleased to present Stew in the Park 7 p.m. on Friday, August 11th. You won't want
to miss this fun event. Admission is by free-will donation.
Doors open at 5 p.m. Friday. Be sure to bring lawn chairs
(and bug repellent). Traders will be set up and open for business!
drum, dancers welcome. Free camping (primitive and some
electric) available to traders and dancers. Public camping
available through Columbia City Parks Department, fee
is free to registered dancers and registered traders.
Other adults $4.00, children 12 and under admitted free.
pow wow gives us an avenue by which we can honor our women,
elders and warriors, give gifts and recognition to those
deserving, sing honor songs, ask questions of the elders,
teach by example, dance in the sacred circle and be healed.
No violence, weapons, drugs or alcohol are allowed on
the pow wow grounds. No pets, please. Please honor our
elders and help them when you can.
pow wow etiquette that will help make your experience
be courteous about taking pictures. Ask before you snap.
Listen to the MC; he will announce when pictures are not
to be taken.
respect the dance arena as a holy place:
not sit on the straw bales that form the circle, unless
you are a dancer.
not sit at the drum, if you are female.
stand, if you are able, and remove your hat or cap
for honor songs such as the Grand Entry, the Flag
Song, Veterans' Songs, and when the MC requests it.
An exception is made for those with eagle feathers
on their hats or caps.
stand when an honor song is sung for the women. The
MC will remind you when an honor song is sung.
do not touch the dancers' outfits or feathers.
report, to the nearest dancer, any feather that you
see on the ground. Do not pick it up or move it. There
is a special ceremony for retrieving it, especially
if it is an eagle feather. Tribal affiliation will
dictate the method of retrieval.
enjoy the day with your children. Explain what is expected
of them, try to find answers to their questions, and attempt
to keep track of them! And, please remember that the Mihsihkinaahkwa
Pow wow Committee is not responsible for accidents, injury