What to Anticipate at the Indian Market and Powwow

On May 14 and 15, Tesoro Cultural Center will host its sixteenth annual Indian Market and Powwow. Held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, near Morrison, just off 285 and Highway 8,  the weekend-long celebration includes powwow performances and competitions, as well as Colorado’s largest authentic American Indian juried art show, featuring nationally acclaimed artists.

At 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, festivities begin with the customary Gourd Dance. Following the dance at 11 a.m.—and new to the event lineup—the Adams 12 Indian Education Dance Group will put on an informational fashion show of traditional American Indian regalia. After the fashion show, more than forty intertribal groups will march onto the powwow grounds for the Grand Entry at noon. Along with powerful performances by tribal drummers and the Sister Nations Colorado Color Guard, this year’s Grand Entry will feature the famous Red Spirit Singers of the Ute tribe. The Grand Entry promises to be a sweeping, spectacular start to each day of the powwow.


Throughout the weekend and in between scheduled performances, visitors are invited to explore art from notable American Indian artists, interact with educational exhibits, and even taste traditional American Indian fare of the Indian Market. The largest in Colorado, the market is a rare opportunity to discover American Indian tradition, both past and present. Celebrated artists will share their artworks—from Navajo jewelry by craftsman Benson Manygoats, to the renowned pottery of artist Pahponee, and much more. The market has something for everyone to enjoy, and many important stories to tell. The full list of this year’s participants can be found here.


While most events will run all weekend, there are two special recognitions specific to each day. On Saturday, May 14, Tesoro Cultural Center’s 2016 Honored Veteran Terry Knight, Ute Mountain Ute will be honored in recognition of Armed Forces Day, and on Sunday, May 15, the 2016 Native Graduates will be acknowledged for their academic achievements.

The sixteenth annual Indian Market and Powwow will be a wonderful celebration of American Indian traditions, culture and community. Further information regarding admission, hours and specific events is available on Tesoro Cultural Center’s website. Along with the Tesoro Cultural Center, The Fort looks forward to welcoming you to this family-friendly, fun and interactive event.

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