For Indian tribes powwows are a way to preserve their culture and hand down traditions to the next generation. At these Indian ceremonies, there is much dancing and music. Since 1969 the United Tribes Powwow has been held in Bismarck, North Dakota annually.
The United Tribes are the five tribes of North Dakota. They are the Spirit Lake, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux, the Standing Rock Sioux, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, and the Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold. Every performer wears the colourful outfits of their tribe.
Over 1,500 traditional dancers perform to more than 40 drum groups. The fancy shawl dance is performed by women. The dance is very fast and the shawls are colourful and decorative. Male dancers perform the grass dance. For this dance, the men wear strands of fabric and a headdress with two feathers.
During the United Tribes Powwow, there is an Indian Art Expo and Market where you can see artifacts and crafts made by Indian artists.