After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Meskwaki Powwow made its return to the settlement in Tama County, Iowa.
The 106th annual event — the only powwow of its kind in Iowa — took place from Aug. 11-14, 2022.
“The Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, also known at the Meskwaki Nation, is a vibrant community, made up of people who are utilizing events like this 106th Meskwaki Annual Powwow to share their customs, promote equality and encourage cultural awareness,” the event program notes. “This cultural event is meant to unite the community, bringing together families and friends for four days of laughing, dancing, singing, remembering and just reuniting and reconnecting.”
Food, dancing, singing, drumming, vendor booths selling jewelry and more were part of the powwow, which traces its history to the “Green Corn Dance” and other social events of the tribe in its early years, when dancing and feasting that accompanied the harvest normally lasted two to three weeks. Several hundred people attended the final day of this year’s event.
Irene Keahna, at left, was crowned as the 106th Annual Meskwaki Powwow Princess. (photo/Cindy Hadish)
Irene Keahna was crowned as the 106th Annual Meskwaki Powwow Princess and a Meskwaki Museum History Tent, with historian Johnathan Buffalo, was featured on the powwow grounds.
Five flags that fly during the powwow honor five Meskwaki men who died in service during World War II and the Vietnam War: Robert Morgan and Clement Mauskemo and Richard Youngbear, Dale Benson and Terry Roberts.
See more photos from the powwow, below: (© Cindy Hadish/Homegrown Iowan)