New Beginnings Pow Wow

Pow Wows are the Native American people's way of meeting together, to join in dancing, singing, visiting, and making new friendships. This is a time when dance and music honor the resilient cultural history of Native American peoples and traditions.

The DU Pow Wow has become a campus-wide event with support from the Native Student Alliance and the Office of the Provost.

 As you may or may not be aware, in Native American communities, a Pow Wow is a social gathering, a time when dance and music honor the resilient cultural history of traditional Native American people and culture. The Pow Wow at DU has always been about education by allowing the student body to participate and learn about Native American traditions and people.

Pow wow

Alcohol and Drug Free Notice

The University of Denver’s upcoming Pow Wow event is intended provide a family-oriented and respectful atmosphere that is safe and enjoyable for all attendees. As a result, please be advised that the event will be alcohol- and drug-free. Attendees are prohibited from bringing any alcohol or drugs to the event. Even if beer is available for sale in concession stands within the Ritchie Center, no alcohol will be permitted within the Pow Wow arena.

We also kindly request that attendance refrain from consuming such substances prior to attending. Any individual who is inebriated or intoxicated will not be permitted to enter the Pow Wow arena.

This policy is in place to ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees, including children and families. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to our policies and helping us to maintain a positive and respectful environment at the event.

DU Alcohol Policy

2024 Pow Wow

The Dawn of Resiliency

Pow Wow flyer


Come Pow Wow with us! Saturday, May 4th in the Hamilton Gym we will be having our annual New Beginnings Pow Wow. Join us for a day for dancing, competition, food, vendors and overall Indigenous Brilliance!

This event is free and open to the public.

Pow Wow Schedule (9am - 10pm)
9:00am - Registration Opens 1:45pm - Head Girl Special 4:45pm - Honoring DU Graduates 7:45pm - Men's Competition 
10:30am - Gourd Dance 2:30pm - Juniors Competition  5:00pm - Golden Age 8:30pm - Sweet Potato Special  
12:00pm - Grand Entry 3:00pm - Teens Competition  5:30pm - Women's Traditional Special 9:00pm - Winners Announced 
1:15pm - Tiny Tots  4:00pm - Southern Straight All Ages 7:00pm - Women's Competition  9:30pm - Pow Wow Concludes

View the full flyer here

Traditional Native American dress for Pow Wow competition

Follow the Event Facebook Page

To stay in the loop and ultimately see this year's winners, please follow the University of Denver New Beginnings Pow Wow page! 

Follow the Event Page

Pow Wow Etiquette

Getting excited for the New Beginnings Powwow? So are we!

Last year, the Native Student Alliance hosted an open meeting to discuss common etiquette on how to attend a powwow respectfully. The goal was to learn something to make your powwow experience even better!

Female dancer in traditional regalia
Native American drum circle

Community Feed

In 2020, the Native Student Alliance hosted a social distance Community Feed outside the University of Denver Community Commons, finding ways to celebrate and be in community during the pandemic.

Tocabe meals were available for our local Native Denver community members. We want to thank you for your resilience and for supporting our events! You can still watch the dancers on our University of Denver New Beginnings Social Distance Pow Wow page!