Harvard Powwow

Every year, Harvard University students and staff host an annual pow wow on campus. Our pow wow is free, open to the public, and coincides with Cambridge’s Arts First celebration.

Planning for powwow is led by a committee of Native students from Harvard College and Harvard graduate schools. The singers, artists, and dancers that join us are from all over — the Harvard community, the greater Boston area, and from tribes across the U.S. and Canada. 


To ensure a successful powwow each year, our students complement funding provided by the University with outside funding and in-kind donations from generous organizations, local businesses and individuals. Please contact hunap@harvard.edu to inquire about in-kind donations. 

Fun Fact: The first reoccurring Harvard powwow started in 1995 with three major goals: 

  1. Boost the visibility of the small Native American student community – both within the Harvard campus and amongst the larger Cambridge and Boston communities. 
  2. Allow for the Native students at Harvard to have more direct and deliberate opportunity to connect with the original tribal nations here in the New England area. 
  3. The third major goal was an attempt for Native students to bring a little bit of home and family to life in their experiences here at Harvard.