Today, Pow Wows are very much a part of the lives of modern Native Americans. They bring many tribes together in a social and festive atmosphere. An estimated 90 percent of Native Americans attend Pow Wows. They can be found in every state of the union, including Hawaii. Beginning in May each year, thousands of Indians and visitors travel the "powwow circuit," a series of summer events that originated more than fifty years ago. They are held on Indian reservations, in civic centers, fairgrounds, public parks and gymnasiums across the country.

Many dancers and singers earn their entire livelihood during a season on the circuit. Talented Native American artists and food concessionaires make their living through Pow Wows, and others receive fees as arena directors or announcers.