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The Eastern Shoshone Indian Days Returns

Claullen Tillman

Wyoming's largest powwow returns. The Eastern Shoshone Indian Days powwow is a three-day celebration that usually happens in mid-June. Last year, the powwow was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But now, the Eastern Shoshone Entertainment Committee is excited to welcome guests and locals back. From June 25 to June 27, drum groups, dancers, vendors, and spectators will gather at the arbor.

Entertainment Committee member Claullen Tillman said he's ready for the return.

“I'm just excited to bring it back to its home in Fort Washakie," said Tillman.

Different from Indian Days in the past, there will be additional safety protocols. "We ask all people to wear your masks and be respectful of our travelers and our elders."

Despite these unique challenges, the powwow is going ahead with full steam. "It will be pretty similar to what everyone is used to. Of course, we'll have Benny’s, a couple of local food vendors. It's set up the same way, just a little more spaced out," Tillman said.

Due to current curfew orders on the Wind River Reservation, camping will not be permitted at this time but may be subject to change.

A $10 parking fee is required at the entrance where attendees will also have their temperatures checked. This fee is an all-day parking fee allowing attendees to leave and come back with no additional cost. The money raised by parking will go towards the Tiny Tot and Junior dance category winners.

Tiny Tot and Junior are the two youngest age categories. There are also teen, adult, and Golden Age categories.

For more information on the powwow, visit the Eastern ShoshoneFacebook page.

Signa McAdams is an enrolled member of the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and from the Wind River Indian Reservation.
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