January 24th, 2022 Last Updated on: January 25th, 2022
PowWows.com was started in 1996 by Paul Gowder. Over the past 25 years, its mission has remained the same: to provide a place where everyone can experience and explore Native American culture.
Paul attended his first pow wow in the early 90s, and he loved every minute of it. As a graduate student, Paul sought to teach himself HTML, so he started building the first pages that would become PowWows.com. He took to sharing his pow wow experiences on his new site. And to his surprise, he started reaching people from various tribes, states—even countries. Paul added a community forum and a pow wow calendar to the site, and the rest is history.
Today, PowWows.com is the top destination for Native American news, culture, interviews, live videos, events, and more. PowWows.com continues to prop up Native voices and highlight issues that matter most in indigenous communities.
Currently, PowWows.com has two full-time employees and several independent contractors, including writers, video producers, live streamers, and others. This team includes several Native American individuals.
PowWows.com in the Community
PowWows.com is proud to give back to the community through several nonprofit partnerships. PowWows.com currently funds a $5,000 annual scholarship with the American Indian College Fund, a sponsorship for Professional Disc Golfer Leah Tsinajinnie, as well as donations to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center.In an effort to further elevate Native American culture, PowWows.com is forming a cultural advisory board. Stay tuned for more information.
About Paul Gowder
Paul Gowder lives in Lexington, South Carolina, where he has worked as an Information Technology Project Manager for the state for over 25 years. He has been an active member of the pow wow community since the early 90s, as a dancer, organizing committee member, and judge. Gowder is a descendant of Native American relatives. He is not an enrolled tribal member and does not speak for or represent any tribe or nation.