Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa Pow Wow

We strive to provide the best contest pow wow with related cultural activities in the Great Lakes region. The pow wow takes place every Labor Day weekend and celebrates the huckleberry harvest. More information can be found here.

32nd Annual Kee–Boon–Mein–Kaa Pow Wow

Grand Entry
Saturday
1:00 pm + 7:00 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm

Little Ms + Mr Pokagon Naganzet Competition

Pokagon youth are invited to run for the title of Little Ms and Mr Pokagon Naganzet, where they will act as a representative for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians.

Male and female candidates must be the ages of 7–12. Candidates should be able to demonstrate confidence, knowledge of our language, culture, and history. Dance exhibitions will take place at the Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa Pow this Labor Day weekend. Candidates must be enrolled citizens of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. (Please bring tribal ID).

For more information, please contact Rebecca Williams at (269) 782-8998 or rebecca.williams@pokagonband-nsn.gov.

Head Staff

Head Veteran George Martin
Host Drum Bear Creek (2016 Champions)
MC Vince Beyl
Arena Director Brian Dayson
Head Drum Judge Bud Day
Head Male Judge Jefferson Ballew
Head Female Judge Punkin Shananquet
Head Male Dancer Ray Cadotte 
Head Female Dancer Julie Whitepigeon
Head Jr Male Dancer Frank Wesaw Jr, Logan Spencer
Head Jr Female Dancer Rachel Saldivar, Sydney Morseau-Olson, Kadyn Wesaw

Tabulations Provided by Moccasin Trail Tabulators

Drum Contest

1st $7000
2nd $6000
3rd $5000
4th $4000
Minimum of 6 Singers | Drum Split for Non Placing Drums

Dance Contest

Golden Age Categories (55+)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400
Mens: All Categories Combined | Womens: All Categories Combined

Jr (18-34) & Sr (35-54) Adult Categories
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400
Mens: Traditional, Grass, Fancy | Womens: Traditional, Jingle, Fancy Shawl

Teen Categories (13-17)
1st $400
2nd $300
3rd $200
4th $100
Boys: Traditional, Grass, Fancy | Girls: Traditional, Jingle, Fancy Shawl

Jr Categories (6-12)
1st $200
2nd $150
3rd $100
4th $50
Boys: Traditional, Grass, Fancy | Girls: Traditional, Jingle, Fancy Shawl

Tiny Tots (5 & under)
Paid Daily

Committee Specials

Men’s Woodland Style (13+)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400

Women’s Woodland Style (13+)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400

Mother-Son Special (All Ages)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400

Father-Daughter (All Ages)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400

Men’s Fancy Ruffle (13+)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400

Old Style Jingle (13+)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400

Hand Drum Contest (Minimum of 2 Singers)
1st $1000
2nd $800
3rd $600
4th $400

  • Dancer and Singer registration closes at 1PM Saturday
  • Camping for pow wow participants opens Thursday, August 31 at noon on a first come first served basis
  • New for 2017: Singers and Dancer Entrance. Located at 59291 Indian Lake Road, Dowagiac MI, 49047. All others please use the entrance at 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac MI, 49047

For Vendor Information
Trish Williams (574) 208-8735
Cindy Gonzalez (219) 331-8871

For General Information
Marcus Winchester (269) 462-4224

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