North Dakota Rodeos and Powwows
Rodeos and powwows are important parts of North Dakota culture.
Eight seconds seems so long when you're watching a cowboy hang on for dear life. From national professional events to local high school competitions, rodeo isn't just a sport in North Dakota, it's a feel-the-dirt-in-your-teeth way of life.
The Algonquin word "pau wau" was the Native American word some of the first Europeans associated with dancing. Although pau wau meant "he dreams" to the Algonquins, the term was eventually accepted by Europeans to refer to dancing, later being spelled "powwow."
Powwows were originally held in the springtime to celebrate the beginning of new life, but are now held throughout the year. The celebrations often have religious significance, but are also a time for people to gather, sing, dance, feast, pray, renew old friendships and make new ones. These celebrations are still an important part of life for many American Indians.
North Dakota Rodeos 2013
Here are some of the larger rodeos in North Dakota in 2013:
Binford Professional Bull Ride, Binford, June 22: Professional bull riders compete under the lights.
Roughrider Days Fair and Expo Rodeo, Dickinson, June 28-30. Rodeo, live music, Fourth of July parade and more.
Mandan Rodeo Days, Mandan, July 2-5: Professional rodeo, parades, music, street dances and, July 4 fireworks.
Killdeer Mountain Roundup Rodeo, Killdeer, July 3-4: Oldest PRCA rodeo in North Dakota, celebrating 87th year. Also street dances and parade.
James River Rodeo, Jamestown, July 12-13: Roughrider Rodeo Association event includes all of the classic events.
Hettinger Chamber Bull-A-Rama and Rodeo, Hettinger, August 3: Held in conjunction with Adams County Fair.
57th Annual Champions Ride Rodeo, Sentinel Butte, August 3: Showdown between 20 of the top professional saddle bronc riders.
Roughrider Rodeo Association Finals, Jamestown, September 27-29: Year-end championship event for this North Dakota circuit.
Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, Minot, October 10-13: Also known at the Minot Y's Men's Rodeo. Champions in the PRCA's Badlands Circuit will be crowned.
North Dakota Powwows 2013
Here is a listing of Native American powwows scheduled for North Dakota in 2013:
Four Bears Community Powwow, New Town, May 24-26
Flag Day Celebration Wacipi, Cannon Ball, June 14-16
Porcupine Powwow, Shield, June 21-23
Twin Buttes Powwow, Twin Buttes, June 14-16
Sky Chief Powwow, Belcourt, July 5-7
Four Bears Powwow, New Town, July 5-7
Arikara Celebration, White Shield, July 12-13
Mandaree Celebration, Mandaree, July 19-21
Fort Totten Days, Fort Totten, July 26-28
Long Soldier Wacipi, Fort Yates, August 2-4
Little Shell Celebration, New Town, August 9-11
Nux Ba Ga Powwow, Parshall, August 23-25
United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck, September 5-8. One of the premier cultural events in North Dakota. The powwow draws more than 1,500 dancers and drummers from 70 tribes and attracts more than 20,000 spectators.