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Pow Wow November 5

October 20, 2011

Native American tribes will host the annual pow wow on Saturday, November 5 in the Main Ballroom of the Lory Student Center. Prepare to be moved by the sight of colorfully dressed dancers and the full-bodied sounds of drums and singers. A free Pow Wow feed takes place at 5 p.m.

Singers and drummers are the foundation for every pow-wow, acting as hosts for the ceremonies and dancers.Saturday, November 5
10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Main Ballroom

Regalia, dancing, food

The annual pow wow is open to everyone, free, and a great opportunity for those who have never attended a pow wow to see what they're all about.

The term pow wow comes from a Narragansett word, "Pawwaw," which means "spiritual leader."

The pow-wow is an event that honors Native American culture and heritage through its traditional dance regalia, dancing, singing, and food.

Schedule of events

Gourd Dancing - 10:30 a.m.

The Gourd Dance is a celebration dance and ceremony believed to have originated with the Kiowa tribe. Although gourd dances are often held to coincide with a pow-wow, the dance has its own unique dance and history, and is not part of the contest dances.

Grand Entry  - 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Grand Entry is the parade of dancers which opens each session of dancing. First, the eagle staff is carried into the circle, followed by the American, Canadian, state and tribal flags. Then, chiefs and headmen enter, followed by head dancers and royalty.

Other invited dignitaries are next to enter followed by the menn, women, and junior boys and girls. The dancers dance clockwise, around the arbor. The ceremony concludes with the flag song and blessing, and ceremonial placement of the Eagle staff .

Pow Wow Feed - 5 p.m.

The feed will take place between the afternoon and evening sessions. It features Native American traditional food and is open to everyone.A crew of volunteers prepares beef stew for the Pow Wow Feed.

Hosts and dignitaries

  • Northern Host - Meskwakie Nation, Tama, Iowa
  • Southern Host -12 Gauge, Ignacio, CO
  • MC - Gilbert Brown
  • Arena Director - Randy Medicine Bear
  • Spiritual Advisor - Doug Goodfeather
  • Head Man - Chad Avery
  • Head Woman - Tina Trujillo
  • Honor Guard - Colorado State University Student Veterans

Origins of the Gourd Dance

The Gourd Dance is a type of Native American celebration dance and ceremony. It is believed that the dance originated with the Kiowa tribe. Gourd dances are often held to coincide with a pow wow, although the Gourd Dance has its own unique dance and history.

Gourd Dancing may precede the pow-wow, or it can be a separate event, not directly connected with a pow-wow.

Sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society.


Contact: Delbert Willie
E-mail: dwillie@engr.colostate.edu