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Wa:k Pow Wow

Everyone is welcome at Tucson’s largest gathering of Native American dancing, singing, arts, crafts, and food! Experience the 37th Annual Wa:k Pow Wow behind the historic San Xavier Mission del Bac Church in Tucson.

Wa:k Pow Wow

About the Wa:k Pow Wow

It all started in 1982 as a small social pow wow to benefit tribal fees committees. Since then, the Wa:k Pow Wow has grown greatly in popularity with both participants and spectators.

Cultural dances kick off the contemporary festivities, then traditional gourd dancing that gives way to an impressive Grand Entry. Next, the activities continue with inter-tribal dancing, team dancing competitions, hoop dancing, two-step dancing, owl dancing, and a drum contest.

You can browse vendors selling unique Native American made arts and crafts. Also, there will be food booths selling Traditional Native American/Tohono O’odham food.

Gates at 10am both Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday’s events end around 10pm, Sunday around 6pm.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Hosted by Southern AZ’s Tohono O’odham Nation, the Wa:k Pow Wow is on the grounds of Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark.

San Xavier del Bac is a living church, location for inter-tribal activities, and has an artisan marketplace. Father Eusebio Kino founded the San Xavier Mission as a Catholic mission in 1692. After earlier structures, the current church’s construction began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.

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