The Spokane River has been a source of life, hope and revitalization for Native tribes for generations, and the tradition of gathering at the river continues each year with the Gathering at the Falls Pow Wow. Dancers and singers from throughout the Northwest meet up and perform, sharing stories of their cultures that are never less than enthralling. The first Grand Entry is Friday at 7 pm (the others are Saturday at 1 pm and 7 pm), and all weekend you can explore Native arts and crafts, enjoy authentic Native and fair-style food, watch drum competitions and hit River Park Square for an affiliated fine art exhibition. Hopefully our smoky skies will clear some by the time the pow wow gets started.
Fri, Aug. 24 to Sun, Aug. 26, times vary • Free • All ages • Lilac Bowl at Riverfront Park • 507 N. Howard • gatfpowwow.org
— Dan Nailen