Annual Red Paint Powwow a Silver City Tradition

The annual Red Paint Powwow and Indian Market, presented by the Red Paint Tribal Council, is January 18-20, 2013, in Silver City at Western New Mexico University.

Red Paint Powwow provides a high quality, traditional experience. Additional educational exhibits and demonstrations further an accurate understanding of Native American culture in this region of New Mexico through discussion, dance, music and storytelling. The Red Paint Powwow event also recognizes and offers an appreciation of Grant County's Apache history, religion and heritage.

The Chiricahua people are probably the widest known group of Apache, based on the prolific and often romanticized portrayals of two great leaders, Geronimo and Cochise. In truth, leaders and all Apache displayed character traits like no others. After their surrender in 1886, the Chiricahua people were displaced and scattered.

Silver City (Grant County) is the original homeland of the Chiricahua Apache, who have come together as a group to provide stability to the population of Native Americans in the area. The Red Paint Powwow has become a major tourist attraction and provides a representation of cultures for the area.

General admission is $10 per person per day on January 21 & 22; and $5 per person per day for seniors and children ages 11 and younger.
The event schedule includes:

  • Friday - Indian Market open at 9 a.m. (General admission is $5 per person, students and teachers are free); Performances begin at 9 a.m. (Storytelling, Songs and Dances); and the Native Art Benefit Concert is 6 p.m. ($15 per person)
  • Saturday - Indian Market opens at 9 a.m. (General admission is $10 per day, $5 for students seniors, children ages 11 and younger and competitive dancers and drummers); Gourd Dancing at 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.; and Contest Powwow Grand Entry at 1 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday - Indian Market open at 9 a.m.; Gourd Dancing at 11 a.m.; Contest Powwow Grand Entry at 1 p.m.; and Awards & Closing at 6 p.m.