Powwows are large social gatherings of Native Americans who follow traditional dances started centuries ago by their ancestors, and which continually evolve to include contemporary aspects. These events of drum music, dancing, singing, artistry and food, are attended by Natives and non-Natives, all of whom join in the dancing and take advantage of the opportunity to see old friends and teach the traditional ways to a younger generation. Repository: National Museum of the American Indian

Awards Committee

Chair: Pam Wintle


The Awards and Scholarship Committee administers AMIA’s awards, scholarships, fellowships, and internships.  The Committee solicits and receives nominations and applications for AMIA awards, scholarships, fellowships, and internships and recruits selection panels from the AMIA membership to adjudicate applications for each award, scholarship, fellowship and internship, presenting their findings to the Board for confirmation.  The Awards and Scholarship Committee may review the purpose and criteria for existing or proposed awards or scholarships and may make recommendations thereon to the AMIA Board.