Here’s what’s happening in Indian Country: September 1-11

From late-summer Pow Wows and festivals to celebrations of two of the nation’s largest tribes, there’s no shortage of heritage and fun throughout Indian Country over the next two weeks.

Check out Native News Online’s arts, culture and entertainment guide to help you make plans if you’re out and about in the area.

70th Annual Cherokee National Celebration

When: Thursday, September 1 – September 4

Where: Tahlequah, Okla.

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For the first time in two years, the Cherokee National Holiday returns to in-person programming to celebrate the signing of the Cherokee Nation’s Constitution of 1839. This year’s celebration is themed “Forging a Legacy: Seven Decades of Cherokee Brotherhood” and features a new tournament of fishing, corn hole races, return of traditional games, intertribal powwow, artisan markets, food vendors, musical performances and much more.

Kee Boon Mein Kaa Pow Wow 2022

When: Saturday, September 3 – September 4

Where: Rodgers Lake Campground, Dowagiac, MI

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The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi returns to in-person programming for the annual celebration of traditional singing, dancing and culture. The Pow Wow marks the end of the sprout harvest and draws dancers and drummers from around the country to compete for cash prizes.

Navajo National Fair

When: Sunday, September 4 – September 11

Where: Navajo Nation Fairgrounds, Window Rock, AZ

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The famous Navajo Nations Fair kicks off this weekend for the 74th annual celebration of arts, culture and agriculture. The week-long event features arts and crafts, a Miss Navajo pageant, a barbecue, exhibits, concerts, horse races, a parade, a pow wow, a rodeo, traditional songs and dances, a fry bread contest, a carnival and more.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes at the Eastern Idaho State Fair

When: Friday, September 2 – September 10

Where: 97 Park Street Blackfoot, Idaho

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At the 120th annual Eastern Idaho State Fair, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes host the National Indian Relays, where teams of three horses and four team members compete for an added purse of $37,000. Riders must complete one lap , riding without a saddle and dismounting unaided while maintaining control of their horse. The 100-year-old sport originated on the tribe’s Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

Five Moon Dance Festival

When: Friday, Sept. 9-Sept. 11.

Where: 659 First Americans Blvd. Oklahoma City, OK

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The second annual Five Moons Dance Festival celebrates the legacy of Native American ballerinas Maria Tolchief, Marjorie Tolchief, Rosella Hightower, Moseline Larkin and Yvonne Chouteau. On September 9, the festival opens with a reception at Thirty-Nine Restaurant at the First Americans Museum. The three-day event features panel discussions and educational opportunities to explore the dancers’ heritage, culminating in a performance on Sept. 11 by the OU School of Dance, Oklahoma City Ballet and the Native American community.

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