Young boy dancer is awaiting competition dance of his category. Photo courtesy Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska
Winnebago Pow Wow
Held in Winnebago the last week in July, this
five-day celebration honors the last true war-chief of the Ho-Chunk
people, Little Priest (Hoonk-Hoo-No-Kaw), who died from battle
wounds in 1866. The first celebration was held that same year at a
council of all the Winnebago clans. Today it honors all Winnebago
veterans of war. The featured events are traditional costumed
dances and ceremonial songs. There are contests for prizes among
dancers, singers, and princess candidates. There is also
inter-tribal dancing. The event is documented in a videotape, 30
photographs, two audio cassettes, and three official programs.
Documentation of Winnebago history leading up to the death of
Little Priest is also included.
Originally submitted by: Doug Bereuter, Representative (1st District).
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