Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska honors cultural traditions, veterans and 151 years of pow wows in 2017 - List of additional pow wows below
It’s no small feat for a tribe to have held an annual pow wow for century or more. The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska — one of two federally recognized tribes of Ho-Chunk Native Americans organized under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act — prides itself on holding one of “The World’s Oldest Pow Wows.”
In 2017, The Winnebago Homecoming Celebration & Pow Wow celebrates its 151st year this weekend and honors the tribe’s cultural traditions, veterans, as well as its illustrious history.
The United States government forced the Ho-Chunk to give up portions of their land in the early 1800s. The tribe was relocated repeatedly for the next 50 years from Wisconsin to Iowa to Minnesota to South Dakota before being allowed to settle in Nebraska. Many eventually returned to Wisconsin and now comprise the federally recognized Ho-Chunk Nation.
After settling in their new homeland, a group of Ho-Chunk warriors including their last war chief, Chief Little Priest, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the request of General Alfred Sully who needed help with battles against Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapahoe, and the Santee Dakota Bands.
According to the Nebraska Education on Location website, even though Chief Little Priest dreaded the idea of fighting against his Native brothers, he agreed to fight in order to save his tribe. As a result, General Alfred Sully used his influence in Washington D.C. to obtain the Winnebago-Omaha agreement.
The Winnebago Homecoming Celebration & Pow Wow pays tribute to the return of Chief Little Priest and 75 members of Fort Omaha Scouts Company A, 34th Nebraska Volunteers in April 1886 (contrary to many reports claiming Chief Little Priest died in battle).
The Winnebago celebration began in July of 1886 when Grey Wolf, Chief Little Priest’s brother, held a celebration of his brother’s life and notable achievements. Chief Little Priest walked on two months after the celebration in September 1886 from wounds he received as an army soldier.
Fittingly, this weekend’s celebration takes place in Scenic Veteran’s Memorial Park in Winnebago, Nebraska.
Winnebago Pow Pow 2016 Grand Entry
2016 Winnebago Pow Wow – End of the Snake Dance
Here is a select list of pow wows happening across Turtle Island July 27th through July 30th:
Healing Mother Earth – 9th Annual Intertribal Traditional Pow Wow, July 28-30
Evergreen Lake Park
703 Center Road (Exit 241 Andover/Conneaut – Intersection of I90 and OH Rt 7)
Conneaute, OH 44030
For more information visit the United Eastern Lenape Nation website.
Attention Pow Wow organizers:
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