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Feel the drum beat. Hear the singing. See the colors. Admire the detailed regalia, skilled footwork and precise movements. This is all part of a Native American powwow.

In Wyoming’s Wind River Country, there are three large powwows. The Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Powwow is Wyoming’s largest. The Ethete Celebration Powwow is held in July, and the Northern Arapaho Powwow, held in September, is Wyoming’s oldest powwow.

Each powwow begins with a Grand Entry on Friday night, where elders bring in eagle feathers and flags, and all dancers enter the arena. There are also two Grand Entries on Saturday and one on Sunday.

Admission to powwows is free. Once there, you’ll find vendors selling fry bread, Indian stew and Indian tacos, as well as jewelry and other items.

Powwows today can include games, food and plenty of socializing, but the dancing remains the main event. There are traditional dances, as well as modern dances. Some are competitive, and dancers follow a powwow circuit dancing for prize money.

A powwow is an incredible way to experience the blending of the present and Wind River Country’s history. For more information, click here.

A powwow is an incredible way to experience the blending of the present and Wind River Country’s history. Photo courtesy of Wind River Country Suite 1491

For more information on Wind River Country, visit WindRiver.org.

Miracle Seminole walks into her workshop and pauses before picking up brightly colored fabrics. In the Native American tradition, Miracle must begin with prayer and maintain positive and affirming thoughts while she is bringing a quilt to life.

Miracle learned the patient skills of selecting fabrics for the traditional eight-sided stars and how to put together the materials to form a quilt meant for warmth and comfort from her mother. Her mother continues to impress upon her the importance of putting good thoughts into the blankets, knowing they will be a blessing to the person receiving it.

The traditional star is always the starting place for each blanket. The sides represent the cardinal directions of north, south, east and west, as well as the four stages of life – infancy, youth, maturity and old age. From there, she works out towards the edges of the blanket.

In total, a blanket takes about two weeks to be designed and assembled. All the while, Miracle is pouring her positive thoughts into the materials.For more information on Miracle and her quilts, visit https://windriver.org/miracle-designs/.

Miracle Seminole learned the art of traditional Native American quilting from her mother, and each of her quilts begins with prayer and affirming thoughts. Photo courtesy of Miracle Seminole

For more information on Wind River Country, visit WindRiver.org.