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Powaw (Pow wow) ceremony held as a religious ritual, for healing, and social solidarity. Illustration from Gaynell Stone’s Indian Place Names Map, 1991


The annual Pow Wow (Powwow) is the time of gathering for tribal nations and a welcoming to the public to celebrate traditional and contemporary Native American cultures and people.


From early colonial periods, public observance of ancient harvest and Pow wow celebrations were suppressed by colonial authorities during the early 17th century.

The public celebrations did not continue until 1912 to 1945 as small pageants.

The modern Powwow did not become an annual event until after WWII. Chief Thunder Bird (Henry Bess) served as the Shinnecock ceremonial sachem from 1939 until his death at the age of eithty-two in 1989. He held a small Powwow on his property after visiting a Narragansett Powwow in Charleston, RI in August 1946.1

Long Island Pow wows

Below are the Long Island based Powwows hosted by tribal nations, along with their annual schedule.

Shinnecock – Labor Day Weekend, Friday to Monday
Southampton, New York

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The Shinnecock Indian Pow wow is one of the largest Native American Gatherings on the East Coast. As we dance upon the earth we are reminded that our culture and love for one another is the resounding heartbeat that transcends all that we face; wherever we face it. We dance upon our drum. The sound of the drum and our footsteps are recorded year after year within the drum that we dance upon. We may be the only Nation that dances upon its drum.

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Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow at Queens County Farm Museum
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004 United States


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Celebrate The Thunderbirds’ Annual Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow at Queens County Farm Museum on July 27-29 in Floral Park, New York. On Indian Country Today’s 10 biggest pow wow list and as New York City’s oldest and largest powwow, the Grand Mid-Summer Pow Wow will feature three days of inter-tribal Native American Indian dance competitions to which the public is invited.

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Setalcott Nation Powwow, July 11-12
25 Main Street
Setauket, New York

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Craft Vendors, Food Vendors, Storytelling, and much more. Come join us for a day of fun and take a piece of our culture home with you. Bring a blanket or chair to sit..

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Setalcott Powwow Grounds


The Setalcott Powwow and Annual Corn Festival are held every July 11th at the Setauket Elementary School. The goal of the event is to educate the public about Setalcott family history and culture, as well as recognizing the continued presence of local tribal members.The Powwow was founded by Theodore Green in 2005, who had been chief of the Setalcott at the time, and later passed in 2007.




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Shinnecock Powwow Grounds


Formally organized in 1946, the Shinnecock Powwow is a decades long traditional and cultural celebration that takes place on the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. Every year on Labor Day weekend, the Powwow takes place on Shinnecock and is open to the public.The annual four-day Shinnecock Labor Day Powwow attracts more than 15,000 attendees each day and serves as both a cultural focal point and fundraiser for the Nation.The Powwow began as historical 'pageants' that took place throughout Southampton Town, Conscience Point, and the Shinnecock Indian Reservation. These pageants involved colonial/pilgrim figures with the intent of reenacting early contact-period historical interactions between Europeans and Indians (such as the 1640 arrival from Massachusetts).




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Springy Banks Pow Wow Grounds


The Springy Banks site has been described as a favorite summer camping grounds of the Montauk.It receives its name from numerous delicious flowing springs of water that flow from the base of the cliffs here. Many an East Hampton and Three Mile Harbor residents speak with nostalgia of the sweet draughts of water that they enjoyed from Springy Banks when it was Town Property.




  1. John Strong, We Are Still Here, The Algonquian Peoples of Long Island Today, 1998, pp 36-37


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