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5th Annual Native American Heritage Month Powwow
- Sunday, November 23, 2008, 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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- McDonald Hall & Arena
- This event is a two day celebration of native American music, dance, arts, crafts, and foods. Dance contests will also be held. Member of several native American tribes from Oklahoma, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri and elsewhere will be performing
- American Indian Student Association
- Open to current students, future students, parents and family, alumni, faculty, staff, community, visitors, .
- Dr. William Meadows, Associate Professor, Anthropology at Williammeadows@missouristate.edu or (417) 836 - 5684.
Sept. 23, 2008
The drums return: Powwow celebrating fifth year
The fifth annual Northwest Powwow -- a celebration of Native American culture and tradition -- will take place Saturday, Oct. 25, at Northwest Missouri State University's Bearcat Arena in Maryville. Grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The free event is open to the public.The powwow will feature singing, drums and scores of dancers in full regalia competing in such categories as grass dancing, traditional, fancy, fancy shawl and jingle dress. Age and gender categories include "tiny tots," juniors/teens, women, men and "golden age."
Powwow highlights will include presentation of the University's Native American Scholarship to one or more recipients. Supported by private donations and proceeds from the sale of T-shirts and other items, the scholarship was made possible through a major gift to the Northwest Foundation by alumnus Earl Shelton ('49). This year’s award is $1,700.
The award is made to eligible Northwest juniors and seniors who must earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 while demonstrating a commitment to the preservation of Native American culture.
Those attending this year's powwow are encouraged to help support the scholarship through individual donations. For information about the Northwest Native American Scholarship Fund, call the Office of University Advancement at 660.562.1248 or visit the Alumni and Friends Web page at www.nwmissouri.edu/alumni.
Nationally recognized powwow veteran Steve Byington will serve as arena director, and Willie Ogden will perform duties as master of ceremonies. Drummers and singers include Thunder Shield (Northern Drum) and Young Omahas (Southern Drum). Head man dancer is Travis Brown, and head lady dancer is Tashina Tahdooahnippah.
As in past years, there will be plenty of intertribal dancing for all participants. Since dancing continues uninterrupted throughout the powwow, spectators should feel free to come and go during the event.
Traditional Native-American concessions, such as fry bread, Indian tacos, meat pies and "prairie dogs" (hot dogs wrapped in fry bread), will be available for sale, as will Northwest Powwow T-shirts and posters. A number of Native American vendors and craftspeople will be on hand displaying and selling their wares.
Concessions will be sold by the Boys & Girls Club of the Prairie Band Potawatomie Nation and the Horace Mann Laboratory School Student Council. Contributions from spectators to the drum teams to cover traveling expenses are appreciated.
The powwow is sponsored by the University's Intercultural and International Center, Northwest’s College of Education and Human Services, the Office of Student Affairs and a Northwest Culture of Quality grant.
For more information, please contact:Anthony Brown,
News Bureau Manager
Northwest Missouri State University
219 Administration Building,
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468