Washougal Pow-Wow

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Text on Button WASHOUGAL POW-WOW JULY 29TH-30TH 1950
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The Washougal “Pow-Wow” was an annual rodeo held in Washougal, Washington featuring 5 performers who were paid $200 for each even they participated in. The event was hosted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, which was established in 1936 and continues to host rodeos nationwide. The city of Washougal continues to host rodeos each July including Miss Vancouver Rodeo Queen and the Fourth of July Rodeo.

“Pow-Wow” is a term that has historically been appropriated by popular culture as a colloquial term for any gathering or event, in this case a large-scale rodeo, but the term and events associated with it hold special meaning to the First Nations community and use should be limited to describing tribal organized events.


Rodeo Dates. (1950, June 24). Billboard, pp. 68–69.

Fairhurst, R. (2006). Images of America: Washougal. Arcadia Publishing.

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