Cherokee Registry

What is the difference between a pow wow and a stomp dance?

Pow wows began in the west with Plains Indians. They were tribal gatherings where people would gather to celebrate and renew family and tribal ties. Modern pow wows began to gain momentum in the late 1940’s and 1950’s. They evolved from tribal to intertribal celebrations. They are often times held for competition with prizes being awarded for performance. The Stomp Dance is a religious, or ceremonial dance which is private to those who practice traditional ceremonies.