Celebrate Life at the Cherokee Powwow, July 1-3, 2022 | Cherokee, NC

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Celebrate Life at the Cherokee Powwow, July 1-3, 2022

Dancers, drummers, and singers from different nations will come together to share their talents at the 47th Annual 4th of July Powwow taking place on Friday, July 1, to Sunday, July 3, 2022. Hundreds of competitors of all ages, from Tiny Tots (five and under) to the Golden Age (55 and older), will dance alongside enrolled tribal members from across the states. 

Cost is $15 daily. Please note that this event is cash only. Children 6 and under are free.

One of the Biggest and Best

The Cherokee Powwow attracts people from all around the world, and is considered one of the biggest and best powwows in the country. This three day-event features dynamic dancing and drumming competitions, tribal regalia, crafts, food, and fireworks. Set against a lush mountain backdrop, dancers will compete for over $150,000 in prize money in categories including Traditional, Jingle, Grass, Chicken, Cloth, Buckskin, and Fancy— one of the most exciting competitions to watch, as dancers perform at dizzying speeds. 

The Grand Entry

Don't miss the Grand Entry, when all the dancers come into the arena together and dance for points. As many as 500 dancers may partake, seeking attention from the judges and putting on a spectacular display. The Grand Entry takes place on Friday, July 1 at 7 pm, Saturday, July 2 at 1 and 7 pm, and Sunday, July 3  at 1 pm.

What to Expect

"The Cherokee powwow is a celebration of life," says organizer Daniel Tramper. "When you're here, you're home."

People from many different nations travel long distances every year to spend time with natives from all across the states. And then there's the spirit of the drum, which not only keeps the beat for the dancers, but acts as the heartbeat for the event. It's a powerful experience, unlike anything else. 

On theme with the holiday weekend, you can also expect to see one of the best fireworks displays in Western North Carolina starting around 10 pm on Saturday, July 2. 

Native Crafts and Food

Take home a piece of the powwow and shop traditional crafts ofrom various nations. The one-of-a-kind crafts include pottery, beadwork, weaving, and carving, as well as bone and shell work. An array of food vendors will also be on site serving up crowd-pleasing fare, including some favorite local Cherokee food vendors.

Everyone is invited to the Cherokee Powwow to hear, watch, enjoy, and learn about Native American cultures in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. We hope you will join us!

Tentative Schedule

Friday, July 1, 2022

12–6 p.m. Registration (begins for dancers at 12 p.m.)
​5 p.m. Gates Open/Arts & Crafts/Concession Open
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Presentation of Colors and Grand Entry, Men's Grass Specials, Tiny Tots, Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Golden Age Men, Golden Age Women, Women's Northern and Southern Traditional Specials,
10:30 p.m. Friday Night Closes

Saturday, July 2, 2022

9 a.m.–12 p.m. Registration 
12 p.m. Gates Open
12:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
1 p.m. Grand Entry
1:30 p.m. Intertribal, Tiny Tots, Drum Contest, Men's Smoke Dance Specials, Junior Girls/Junior Boys, Teen Contest, Men's/Women's Dance Contest
5 p.m. Intertribal
5:30–6:30 p.m. Supper Break
6:45 p.m. Drum Roll will be called
7 p.m. Grand Entry, Tiny Tots/Jr.'s, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Women's Smoke Dance Specials, Intertribal, Men's Fancy Dance Specials
10 p.m. Closing of Powwow and Fireworks

Sunday, July 3, 2022

12 p.m. Gates Open
1 p.m. Grand Entry/Tiny Tots, Intertribal, Women's Contest, Men's Contest, Specials, Men's Team Dance, Women's Team Dance, Drum Contest, Ties and Runoffs, Intertribal
6 p.m. Winners Announced


Cherokee Acquoni Expo Center 

1501 Acquoni Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Contact: Daniel Tramper
Phone: 828.497.7128
Email: dtramper@gmail.com

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