Powwows are a great way to experience Native American culture
Powwows are a great way to experience Native American culture

North Dakota Rodeos and Powwows

Experience two key North Dakota cultural traditions

Rodeos and powwows are important parts of North Dakota culture. July 4 and the dates around there are known as Cowboy Christmas for all the money that can be earned at the rodeos held around the holiday.

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.

The following is a list of major rodeos and powwows in North Dakota. The list is updated regularly as new events are announced. Please call ahead for information about these events, as dates are subject to change.

2017 North Dakota Rodeos

June 2-3: North Dakota Rodeo Association Badlands Rodeo, Medora
June 3-4: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Elgin
June 10-11: Roughrider Rodeo Association, White Earth
June 16-17: Roughrider Rodeo Association, Belcourt
June 17-18: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Wing
June 23-24: Roughrider Rodeo Association, Dunseith
June 23-25: PRCA Roughriders Days Rodeo, Dickinson
June 24-25: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Strasburg
June 25: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Blaisdell
June 30-July 1: James River Rodeo, Jamestown
July 2: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Sheyenne
July 2-4: 138th Annual Mandan PRCA Rodeo Days, Mandan
July 3-4: Killdeer Mountain Roundup PRCA Rodeo, Killdeer
July 3-4: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Towner
July 8: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Watford City
July 14-16: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Bowman
July 26: North Dakota State Fair Ranch Rodeo, Minot
July 28-29: Roughrider Rodeo Association, Maddock
July 29-30: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Fort Totten
July 29-30: Taylor Horsefest, Taylor
August 4-5: North Dakota Rodeo Association, New Salem
August 4-5: Roughrider Rodeo Association, Max
August 5: Home on the Range Champions Ride, Sentinel Butte
August 5: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Hettinger
August 5-6: Roughrider Rodeo Association, Ray
August 6: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Fort Yates
August 12-13: Roughrider Rodeo Association, Richardton
August 19: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Carson
August 25-26: Roughrider Rodeo Association, Montpelier
August 27: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Amidon
September 22-24: North Dakota Rodeo Association Shootout, Devils Lake
September 29-30: North Dakota Rodeo Association, Watford City
October 5-8: Y’s Men’s Badlands Circuit Finals Rodeo, Minot
October 20-21: Bowman County Pro Rodeo, Bowman
October 27-29: Roughrider Rodeo Association Finals, Jamestown
November 17-18: Duel in the Dirt Bull Riding, Jamestown\

2017 North Dakota Powwows

April 21-23: UNDIA Powwow, Grand Forks
May 25-28: Four Bears Powwow, New Town
June 2-4: 
FM Crossroads Powwow, Fargo
June 9-11: Flag Day Celebration Wacipi, Cannonball
June 16-18: Twin Buttes Powwow, Twin Buttes
June 16-18: Paha Yamini Wacipi, Shields
June 22-25: Santee Lucky Mound, Parshall
July 7-9: Arikara Celebration, White Shield
July 13-16: Mandaree Celebration, Mandaree
July 28-30: Fort Totten Days, Fort Totten
August 4-6: Long Soldier Wacipi, Fort Yates
August 10-13: Little Shell Powwow, New Town
September 8-10: United Tribes International Powwow, Bismarck



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