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Trading Moon Native American Arts Festival

November 2023 - March 2024


Performance by Beyond the Circle

November 7, 2023

Public performance at 4:30 p.m.

University of Central Missouri 

Elliott Student Union Ballroom (Room 240)

500 S. Holden Street

Warrensburg, MO 64093


Photo of Beyond the Circle Performance Group

Beyond the Circle is a multigenerational performance group that represents the Navajo, Ottawa, Ojibwe, Zuni and Apache tribes. They have performed and powwowed all over the United States sharing their heritage and culture through traditional song and dance. The performance is free and open to all.


The Trading Moon Powwow

November 11, 2023

University of Central Missouri 

Student Recreation and Wellness Center

Warrensburg, MO 64093


We are excited to announce the return of the Trading Moon Powwow as part of the 10th annual Trading Moon Native American Arts Festival. The Powwow is an intertribal gathering, open to all, whether they are of Native American heritage or not. 

The host drum group will drum and sing, dancers in tribal regalia will participate in traditional dances, and vendors will sell arts, crafts, and food.  Admission and parking are FREE! For more information about parking lots on campus visit UCM Parking Services.

group of colorfully dressed Native American dancers


Powwow Schedule

Noon - 1:00 p.m.      Gourd Dance         
1:30 p.m.    Grand Entry
2:45 - 5:00 p.m.  Intertribal
5:30 p.m.    Dinner Break
6:30 p.m.  Gourd Dance
7:00 p.m.      Grand Entry
7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Intertribal
9:00 p.m.  Closing

Using this link you can view a recording of the evening exhibitions of the 2023 Trading Moon Powwow.

This  event is open to the public and individuals are welcome to come and go as their schedule allows.

Students may use both events as entries in their multicultural passport.

The 10th annual Trading Moon Native American Dance and Arts Exhibition is made possible through grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Missouri Arts Council, and on campus sponsors including The Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity and the Office of Student Experience and Engagement.  


Head Staff: 

Head Singer/Drums:   AJ Esau 
Head Man: Will Hooton
Head Lady: Nya Smith
Head Gourd: Bob LaRoussa
Emcee: Wade Blevins
Arena Director: Ethan Tone-pah-hote


Vendor Guidelines and Registration

Click to download the registration form


Dancer Registration

All dancers should complete a pre-registration form; doing so registers each dancer for the evening meal.  Registered dancers will be provided a complimentary ticket for the evening meal.


Other guests are welcome to enjoy the evening meal for an entry charge of $9.29.



The National Endowment for the Arts

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Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

Learn more about the NEA



The Missouri Arts Council

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The Missouri Arts Council is the state agency dedicated—as public leader, partner, and catalyst—to broadening the growth, availability, and appreciation of the arts in Missouri and fostering the diversity, vitality, and excellence of Missouri’s communities, economy, and cultural heritage. The grants we award make possible quality arts programming to communities both large and small throughout the state.

Learn more about MAC.

UCM Office of Student Experience and Engagement

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The Office of Student Experience and Engagement at the University of Central Missouri provides a wide array of student support services and opportunities to enhance students' experience and help them succeed at UCM.  We are dedicated to connecting students with the programs, facilities and services that will help them grow educationally, professionally, and personally.

Learn more about the Office of Student Experience and Engagement at UCM. 

UCM Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity

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The Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity (CMI) at the University of Central Missouri works to create a campus atmosphere where people of all backgrounds, identities and perspectives feel welcome, secure and included. The Center helps connect underrepresented students to the resources, organizations and student support services they need to thrive—as UCM students and future professionals. 

Learn more about the Center for Multiculturalism and Inclusivity at UCM.


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