Pow Wow Dance


Physical: upper and lower limb coordination, gross motor skill, balance

Cognitive: sustained attention, selective attention, visual processing, working memory

Social: awareness of personal space

Number of participants:

one or more




  1. children clap their hands, and bend their knees
  2. children then squat down to the ground and hit the ground with their hands rhythmically
  3. finally, children stomp their feet on the ground rhythmically
  4. when children are ready, they put the steps together


Indigenous people typically wear regalia when completing this dance. The regalia is symbolic of the Indigenous person and represents their family, their nation, and from where they come.

Modifications to make the activity easier:

Change the environment: have the child hold onto a parent or adult during the activity to decrease physical demand

Change the task: change the size of the steps to be smaller to decrease physical demand 

Modifications to make the activity harder:

Change the environment: have the child complete the activity on soft ground (i.e., grass field) to increase physical demand

Goal examples:

  • child is able to complete the entire routine with friends, 3 times consecutively with little to no prompting
  • I can dance with my friends