Native American Heritage Festival featuring the Veterans Day Traditional Pow Wow

Grand Entry for the Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow
Colorful Native regalia will be among the sights and sounds to be experienced at the Native American Heritage Festival featuring the 17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow, Nov. 11, 2017 at ASU's West campus
A graduate celebrates during an American Indian convocation at ASU.
A graduate celebrates during an American Indian convocation at ASU.
Photo by: Tom Story

On Saturday, Nov. 11, celebrate the culture and customs of indigenous peoples at the Native American Heritage Festival featuring the 17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow, a Native American Recognition Days event. A variety of activities will be hosted at Arizona State University’s West campus at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix. The festival is open to everyone and there is free admission and free parking.

The centerpiece of the event – the Pow Wow – is a traditional gathering of dancers, drummers, elders and children. The arena director will direct the activities in the dance arena and the announcer will explain the symbolism, protocol and spiritual meanings of the dances, regalia and drums to the spectators.

In addition to dance and drumming/singing performances, you won’t want to miss the Pow Wow’s grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. All veterans will be encouraged to participate in the evening’s grand entry where they will be welcomed and thanked for their service to our country. The festival will feature many activities throughout the day. There will be items for sale at Native arts and crafts booths as well as food trucks. Many other activities are being planned. 

The 2017 schedule:

The Native American Heritage Festival featuring the
17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Arizona State University West campus
4701 W. Thunderbird Rd, Phoenix, AZ

17th Annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow
On Fletcher Library Lawn

• 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – gourd dancing
• 1:00-1:30 p.m. – grand entry
• 1:30-5:00 p.m. – pow wow
• 5:00-6:00 p.m. – dinner break 
• 6:00-7:00 p.m. – gourd dancing
• 7:00-7:30 p.m. – grand entry
• 7:30 p.m. – recognition of veterans
• 10:00 p.m. – closing

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. (Limited seating will be provided for tribal elders.)

More activities will be posted as they are confirmed.

Volunteers are needed to help stage the event; to sign up to volunteer, visit http://links.asu.edu/powwowvolunteersignup.

The Pow Wow is sponsored by the Native American Events Committee and the Arizona State University’s Office of Government and Community Engagement. Special thanks to the other organizations supporting the event, which include the Office of the Governor's Policy Advisor on Tribal Relations, the ASU Office of Student Engagement - West campus, and the ASU Office of Student and Cultural Engagement - Tempe campus. 

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact us for information: call 602-543-5300 or e-mail westevents@asu.edu.


This webpage will be updated each year before the event.