Sept. 18 to 24, 2023
Join in the celebration of the Indigenous cultures of our region with week long programming opportunities leading up to the 44th Annual COTRAIC Powow on September 23 and 24. In addition to the mini Pow Wow at Schenley Plaza on September 20, there will be an Indigenous exhibit in the Pitt Global Hub throughout the week highlighting the Indigenous history and knowledge, as well a display at Hillman Library which will include books, multimedia, and special archives related to Indigenous narratives and culture.
Schedule of Events
Pitt and COTRAIC Mini Pow Wow
Pow Wows are a sacred social gathering held by many North American Indigenous communities to honor their cultures through song and dance. Join this public COTRAIC Pow Wow to celebrate the Indigenous peoples of our region and learn about Pow Wow etiquette!
Mini Pow Wow tentative schedule
Sept. 20, 2023
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Schenley Plaza (Location)
10 a.m. - Opening remarks
10:30 a.m. - Grand entry and opening dance
10:45 a.m. - Intertribal and social dancing
1 p.m. - Lunch break
2 p.m. - March to Schenley Plaza
2:45 p.m. - Intertribal and social dancing
6 p.m. - Closing remarks
Come and enjoy a glimpse of Native American heritage, competitive dancing, Native American cuisine and arts and crafts at this family-friendly event.
Pow Wows are social events—a good time to see old friends or make new ones. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and engage in conversation with vendors, dancers, singers and other Pow Wow participants.
University of Pittsburgh will provide free transportation for students from campus to the 43rd Annual Pow Wow.
A bit about pow wows:
A pow wow is a form a celebration. A time that people can come together and talk and laugh and share our dancing and singing. There are Native American pow wows across the country and even in other parts of the world. If you would like to learn more about the pow wows here some helpful links:
- COTRAIC Annual Powwow Website
- A national site that tracks and educates people about pow wows
- YouTube channel on pow wows
- An article about pow wows that includes information on meaning, origins, and dancing
- An article about pow wow etiquette
- Pow wow FAQs
Using “pow wow” to refer generally to a social get-together or to a meeting for discussion is considered to be an offensive appropriation of a term of great cultural importance to Indigenous Americans. Here is an excellent piece explaining how the term pow wow and other phrases are offensive.