Beloved Missoula Tradition Returns to the U of M for its 53rd Year
We are excited to share that this year’s Kyiyo Pow Wow at the U of M is in person. It was held virtually last year so when they opened up spaces to vendors this year, they all sold out, which means more for attendees to enjoy!
The Kyiyo is one of the nation’s oldest student-run powwows and a beloved University of Montana tradition, this will be its 53rd year of celebration in Missoula. The powwow features Native singing, dancing, story sharing, vendors, events, and a chance to run into friends and family you may not have seen in a while. Native Americans and tribes from all over Montana and across the nation will gather at the Adams Center this Friday, April 23rd, and Saturday, the 24th. Grand Entry times are 7 p.m. on Friday and noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The annual celebration preserves the rich heritage of tribes and cultures while renewing old traditions.
Last year, UM President Seth Bodnar established an endowment of $300,00 to support the powwow with the gift, named after the late Blackfeet Chief Earl Old Person, which will offset costs for the powwow in the future.
Admission prices for children 6 and under and elders over 65 are free. General admission is $5 for a session or $12 for a weekend pass. Remember ALL are welcome! Each year we get people asking if you have to be Native to attend and the answer is always absolutely not. Please come and enjoy the beautiful and meaningful traditions, gorgeous regalia, and traditional music.
2022 Kyiyo Royalty are:
Miss Kyiyo: Lynell Shepherd
Jr. Miss Kyiyo: Michelle Wolfchild
Little Miss Kyiyo: Miyoskahim “Minnie” Whitford
2022 Kyiyo head staff are:
Master of Ceremony: Tommy Christian and Ruben Little Head
Head Man: Shawn White Grass
Head Woman: Cailei Cummins
Arena Director: Devan Kicknosway
Head Drum Judge: Chontay Standing Rock Mitchell
Head Dance Judge: Jeremy Shield
Host Drum: Black Lodge