Powwow Committee Members:
Would you like to be a committee member?
Contact Shane Garcia at (509) 590-5044
A special thank you to:
The Spokane Tribe of Indians, Kalispel Tribe, Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Indians, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Spokane Parks and Recreation, Kauffman & Associates, Inc., Spokane City Council, City of Spokane, Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund, American Indian Center, Ziggy's, Community Building Foundation, BNSF Railway, Avista Utilities, Gonzaga University, The NATIVE Project, Hospice of Spokane, Empire Health Foundation, Better Health Together, Patch Boys, Inland Power, and McNaughton and Nate Insurance.
Each year at the end of August, our team of dedicated volunteers coordinate the Gathering at the Falls Powwow for the local community and surrounding neighbors.
The growth of the powwow has been very evident these past few years—engaging dancers, singers, and spectators from Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, and several providences from Canada. The Gathering at the Falls Powwow is the largest powwow in the city of Spokane and gathers more than 8,000 people each year to partake in the celebration.
The history of this event, and the significance of gathering at the river goes back generations. The Spokane Falls is part of the Spokane Tribe of Indian’s ancestral land, and has been a sacred tradition for many of the tribes around the northwest to gather at the river because it gives life, love, hope, and a sense of revitalization. In the past, many tribes gathered at the falls to fish for salmon. This event was part of a collaborated effort 26 years ago by the local tribes in the Inland Northwest including the Spokane Tribe of Indians, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, the Kalispel Tribe, and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation. Many tribes still have a strong connection to the land which makes this event significant to the community. During past years, Riverfront Park has been home to this event and it has become a tradition for people of all nations to gather and celebrate those gifts the river provides, and to create or renew friendships. Dancers and singers, young and old, come from both near and far to showcase their songs and their dance styles for our community.
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