(Jackson, WY) – Central Wyoming College and Native American Jump Start present Teton Powwow: Celebration of American Indian Cultures, Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21, 2022. Jackson Hole and the surrounding region are ancestral lands Indigenous Peoples and are valued for their rich natural and scenic resources. Indigenous knowledge keepers will share their rich culture, traditions, dance and history at the Annual Teton Powwow.
The public is invited to Saturday’s free events from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Snow King Events Center. This full-day celebration of American Indian cultures will feature dancers, educational events, and workshops. Central Wyoming College’s Tribal Wisdom Society students and Native American Jump Start will collaborate to manage the powwow and educational area.
Participants from throughout the region will share their talents and knowledge in many traditional and contemporary dance forms. The Cultural Education area opens at 10 a.m. and will showcase American Indian workshops on bison reintroduction, storytelling, hand games, and sign language.
There will be arts and crafts booths including Wind River Reservation representatives who will share information on food sovereignty and natural resources. American Indian food vendors will offer a variety of delectable food options.
The colorful Grand Entry begins at 12 p.m. with an all ages Powwow dance competition in categories including Mens/Teens/Boys Traditional Dance, Chicken Dance, Fancy Dance, Jingle Dance, and Grass Dance, Womens/Teens/Girls Traditional Dress, Buckskin Dress, Jingle Dress and Fancy Shawl.
Founder of Native American Jump Start Founder Scott Evans says this event will enhance the community.
The Teton Powwow Showcase will be held at the Center for the Arts, Friday, May 20, 7-8:30 p.m. This event will showcase the traditional evolution of the powwow dance forms and the meaning of the regalia worn during each dance. World-class American Indian Dancers have been selected from the Wind River Reservation, the Fort Hall Reservation, the Pine Ridge Reservation, the Rosebud Reservation, the Crow Reservation and the Blackfeet Reservation for the Showcase.
Central Wyoming College (CWC) Jackson, CWC Institute of Tribal Learning, and Native American Jump Start have collaborated since the 2019 Teton Powwow to turn this event into an annual educational celebration.
WHERE: Center for the Arts, 240 S Glenwood St, Jackson, WY
WHEN: Friday, May 20, 7-8:30 p.m.
WHAT: 2nd Annual Teton Powwow: Celebration of American Indian Culture
The Cultural Education area opens at 10 a.m. with American Indian workshops such as bison reintroduction, storytelling, hand games, sign language, and arts, crafts and food booths.
WHERE: Snow King Events Center, 100 E Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
The 2022 Teton Powwow is supported by the 4JH grant approved by Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism, the Wyoming Humanities Council, the Wyoming Community Foundation, Town Square Inns, and Snow King Resort. Encouragement and prior support have come from the Town of Jackson, Jackson Hole Community Foundation, and the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.
Native American Jump Start is a Jackson-based nonprofit that provides opportunities for growth and success for Native Americans through education and employment.
With a mission to transform lives and strengthen communities through learning, leadership and connection, Central Wyoming College offers two bachelor’s degrees, 58 associate degrees and 10 certificates. The college includes a main campus in Riverton, an outreach center and the Alpine Science Institute in Lander, as well as outreach centers in Jackson and Dubois. Central Wyoming College is a designated Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NASNTI) and serves the largest American Indian student population in Wyoming.