Native American Dress in Traditional Attire.

The University of Mary hosts a Mid-Winter Powwow each year, in partnership with United Tribes Technical College celebrating the richness of Native American culture in North Dakota. We invite the Bismarck-Mandan community to join us for this great event including a Mass, lunch, and a contest powwow.

2022 Event – Sunday, January 16


General Public: $5
Mary, UTTC, and BSC students: Free with student ID.
Under 5 or Over 65: Free


Sunday, January 16, 2022
10:30 am – Black Elk Mass (McDowell Activity Center, MAC)
11:30 am – Powwow 101 (Founders Hall, Lumen Vitae University Center)
1 - 9 pm – Contest Powwow, Grand entries at 1 & 7 pm (McDowell Activity Center, MAC)
5 - 7 pm – Buffalo Feed (The Crow’s Nest Campus Restaurant, Lumen Vitae University Center)

Grand Entry Times 1 & 7 pm
McDowell Activity Center

Arena Director: Rusty Gillette
Master of Ceremonies: Whitney Rencountre II

Dance Categories:

  • Golden Age Men 60+ (One group)
  • Golden Age Women 60+ (One group)
  • Junior Girls Contest Categories (Traditional, Jingle, Fancy)
  • Junior Boys Contest Categories (Traditional, Grass, Fancy)
  • Teen Girls (Traditional, Jingle, Fancy)
  • Teen Boys (Traditional, Grass, Fancy)
  • Adult Men (Traditional, Grass, Fancy)
  • Adult Women (Traditional, Jingle, Fancy)

Cash prizes will be awarded to contest winners.