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27th Annual Pow-Wow Nov. 7

November 2, 2009

Colorado State's 27th annual pow-wow takes place this weekend and includes two singing groups, gourd dancing, a grand entry processional, and a pow-wow feed. A talk titled Pow-Wow 101, is being offered a few days before the pow-wow on Wednesday evening, Nov. 4, in which you can learn about the traditions that are a part of a pow-wow. The arena director for Saturday's pow-wow, Randy Medicine Bear, will give the talk.

Girls performing the traditional "fancy dance" at a pow-wow.

Saturday, Nov. 7 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lory Student Center
Center Ballroom

The annual CSU pow-wow is a wonderful 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 "spritual leader."

The pow-wow is an event that honors Native American culture and heritage through its traditional costumes, dancing, singing, and food. There is a dance competition with categories and prizes for different age groups.

CSU will hold its 27 annual pow-wow on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10:30 10 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballroom. The event is open to everyone and free.

Northern Cree & Headstone Singers

The Grammy-nominated Northern Cree Singers from Alberta, Canada are the Host Northern Drum group and the Headstone Singers from Pawnee, Oklahoma, are the Host Southern Drum group. 

Pow-wow 101

If you want to know more about pow-wows, come to Pow-Wow 101, being held on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 5:30 p.m. in Clark, Room C 142. Randy Medicine Bear, the arena director for CSU's pow-wow, will present on the basics of what a pow-wow is all about. The presentation will range from the different styles of dancing, singing, to the traditional aspect of Pow-wow.

The presentation is sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society,  the Associated Students of Colorado State University, and the Native American Cultural Center.

The celebration of Native American Awareness Month during November at Colorado State University includes a variety of activities and programs.

Contact: Ty Smith
Phone: (979) 491-1332