120th Annual Arlee Powwow Celebration 2018

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Date(s) - 07/02/2018 - 07/08/2018
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Arlee Powwow Grounds


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The Arlee Powwow Esyapqeyni is the premier annual celebration of the Salish and Pend d’Oreille tribes, sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Nation. Join us at the Arlee Powwow for traditional dance competitions, singing and drumming and a big July 4 parade. There are also many vendors with hand made beaded crafts and food booths, which include a variety of Indian Tacos for sale.

This historic event is organized to carry on the traditional ways of the generations that came before us who who decided that if the Esyapqeyni was called a Fourth of July celebration, we could carry on our traditional ways without the threat of army intervention and persecution. The Arlee Powwow is the longest running tribal celebration in America.

Grand Entry is Friday afternoon. The first competition Grand Entry will be Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Other Grand Entries are on Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

The powwow grounds are located just east of Arlee, Montana and about 20 miles north of Missoula on Highway 93.  There will be signs from the road to help guide you. The powwow officially begins on Friday, with “Camper’s Day” being Wednesday, and Thursday reserved for the Memorial Procession.

Willie Stevens, Chairman 406-270-6958, willies@cskt.org



Monday, July 2nd – Camp Day

Tuesday, July 3rd

5:00pm Feed hosted by Esyapqeyni Committee
Deadline for applications for Miss Salish-Pend d’Oreille 2017-2018
7:00pm Memorial (no gambling until after memorial)
Material Wagers Stickgame
Gambling may begin
8:00pm Registration for Dance and Singing Contests opens

Wednesday, July 4th

1:45pm Feed hosted by Esyapqeyni Committee
2:00pm First Grand Entry
Snake Dance
Veterans Honoring
12:00am Retire colors
Dancing and singing continues

Thursday, July 5th – Veteran Powwow

Presentations during the day
2:00pm Second Grand Entry
Old Style Dance: Scalp Dance, Lost Article Dance, Veterans Honor Dance, and other traditional dances
Dance specials (TBA)

Friday, July 6th

12:45pm Drum Roll Call
2:00pm Third Grand Entry
Dance Competition begins
7:00pm Fourth Grand Entry
Dance competition continues
11:00pm Competition registration closes

 Saturday, July 7th

TBA 3-on-3 basketball tournament at Thomas Lyles Memorial Court
TBA Walk/Run
TBA Youth 17-under Stickgame Tournament
TBA Native games, arts and crafts, and other activities
1:00pm Fifth Grand Entry
 6:45pm Drum Roll Call
7:00pm Sixth Grand Entry
Contests in all categories
All drums
12:00am Retire colors

Sunday, July 8th – Selis/Qlisqe Day

Championship Sunday, last of competitions

Honorees of the 120th Esyapqeyni
Crowning of Miss Salish-Pend d’Oreille 2018-2019
TBA Stickgame Tournament
11:00am Mass in dance arena
12:45pm Drum Roll Call
1:00pm Final Grand Entry
No dinner break, dance til winners announced
11:00pm Home Sweet Home

120th Annual Arlee Powwow Celebration 2018


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Becky Olvera Schultz

Becky Olvera Schultz is an artist and photographer whose background includes journalism, advertising and marketing. She has been in involved with the powwow circuit for several years, participating as a vendor and as a member of powwow planning committees. For more information on Becky, visit her art site at www.native-expressions.com