The Penn State Powwow

Dancer at the New Faces of an Ancient People PowwowApril 14-15, 2018

The 14th annual Penn State Powwow will be conducted April 14-15, 2018, at Mount Nittany Middle School.

Admission is free
and the public is invited to attend.

A traditonal American Indian powwow is a contemporary social gathering and celebration of community featuring American Indian drum music and songs, Native American dance, and Native American foods, as well as American Indian vendors showing and selling their arts and crafts. This powwow is recognized as one of the finest family friendly events available in the State College Area.

In the past, the powwow had more than 160 Native Dancers visit from as far as New Mexico, Canada, South Dakota and other American Indian Communities.

In addition more than 5,000 people visited the powwow to sample American Indian foods, buy American Indian items from Native Vendors, and to observe traditional American Indian Dancers and Singers.


  • Saturday, April 14
    Doors, Vendors and Native Kitchen open at 11 a.m.
    Dancer Grand Entry at Noon and 6:30 p.m., Ends at 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 15
    Doors, Vendors and Native Kitchen open at 11 a.m.
    Dancer Grand Entry only at Noon on Sunday, Ends at 5 p.m.


Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive, State College, Pa.

Head Staff

  • Host Drum: Silver Cloud Singers, New York City
  • Co-Host Drum: Chaska Hotain Singers, Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada
  • Co-Host Drum: Maza Napin, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Co-Host Drum: Thunder Nation (Southern Drum), Pittsburgh and Cleveland
  • Co-Host Drum: Thunder Earth Singers, Mchigeeng, Ontario, Canada, POP IG
  • Head Veteran Dancer: Charlie Keith, Tsalagi Nation, North Carolina, U.S. Army (Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran)
  • Head Male Dancer: Wolfgrass Irwin, Arikara Hidatsa, Ft. Berthold, North Dakota
  • Head Female Dancer: Lydia Green, Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • Arena Director: Roger Campbell, Sisseton/WAhpeton Dakota Sioux, Sisseton, South Dakota
  • Emcee: Guy Jones, Lakota, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Standing Rock, North Dakota
  • Head Cook: Mike Zerby, Mission Band Potawatomi

Call for Volunteers

The 2018 powwow committee is looking for volunteers now to assist with the logistical aspects of the powwow. Volunteers are needed for powwow set-up, work in the American Indian Kitchen, errands/supplies/facilities, powwow take-down, and various other duties.

This year, we are asking volunteers to spend time with use in four (4) hour blocks of time. Please consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity to volunteer to share your time with American Indian cultures.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bruce Teeple, at for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Thanks for considering sharing your time with the American Indian Powwow.

Contact Us / Powwow Coordinator

For more information about our powwow and how you can participate, please email John Sanchez at He is our powwow coordinator and he is always happy to talk powwow.

John Sanchez /
123 Carnegie Building
Dept. of Journalism
Penn State
University Park, PA 16802-5100

Group of drummers at the 2014 Powwow