If you've never experienced it, the Treaty Days Pow Wow held at the Ancient Ceremonial Grounds near White Swan can be a very moving and powerful experience.

This weekend, the Yakama Nation celebrates Treaty Days on the Yakama Reservation with several events, commemorating the Treaty of 1855 with the United States Government.

Yesterday, a parade was held in Toppenish, the annual All-Indian Rodeo will be held at the rodeo grounds in White Swan, and the Treaty Days Pow Wow gets underway tonight at the Ancient Ceremonial grounds on Mission Road south of White Swan.

Every year, Native Americans from all over the northwest and parts of Canada come to the dance pavilion to participate in dance contests. The authentic costumes are amazing.

My favorite part of the Pow Wow has to be the sounds. The singing, the drums, and the sound of the bells the dancers wear is unforgettable!

The most impressive sight has to be the Grand Entry which will start each session. As the dancers enter the pavillion, The U.S. flag, Yakama Nation flag, Yakama Nation Eagle Staff lead the procession. All spectators stand and remain standing throughout this moving and impressive procedure.

You also may want to watch the traditional stick and bone games, and take advantage of the concessions. If you've never had Yakama fry bread with huckleberry jam, you've never lived!

Grand Entry times are tonight at 7PM, Saturday at 1PM and 7PM, and Sunday at 1PM. There is no admisson fee, and all are welcome.

It's a great way to take in the ancient culture of our area.

Click here for directions to the Pow Wow site.

This home video is from the 2009 Pow Wow.