Today, Pow Wows are very much a part of the
lives of modern Native Americans. They bring many tribes together
in a social and festive atmosphere. An estimated 90 percent
of Native Americans attend Pow Wows. They can be found in every
state of the union, including Hawaii. Beginning in May each
year, thousands of Indians and visitors travel the "powwow circuit," a
series of summer events that originated more than fifty years
ago. They are held on Indian reservations, in civic centers,
fairgrounds, public parks and gymnasiums across the country.
Many dancers and singers earn their entire livelihood during a season on the
circuit. Talented Native American artists and food concessionaires make their
living through Pow Wows, and others receive fees as arena directors or announcers.