Every year during the weekend after Labor Day, Bismarck is home to one of the premier cultural events in all of North Dakota. The United Tribes International Powwow is the region's largest event of its kind, attracting over 1,000 dancers from 70 different tribes, and spectators from all over the nation.

The theme of this year's Powwow was 'We Are All Related', meant to encourage unity among the community. "It shows that all people are related too. No matter what color we are, white, black, yellow or red, we have the same Creator," says Butch Thunder Hawk, Jr., the artist featured on this year's poster.

The Powwow featured a number of events, including a buffalo feed, softball tournament, parade, and guest of honor Billy Mills, the Oglala Lakota athlete that is the only American to have won an gold medal for the 10,000-meter run.

Perhaps most impressive, however, was the array of handmade regalia on display. The pieces this year were nothing short of breathtaking, featuring virtually every color of the spectrum and intricate, hand-created pieces. Take a look at some of our favorite shots.

The United Tribes Powwow returns September 10-13, 2015 - make sure to mark your calendars!

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