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Anthropologists, Native American group to meet

April 13, 2012

CSU will host the first combined meeting of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology and the Northern Colorado Intertribal Powwow Association, which will feature films, lectures, dances and three traditional grand entries.

There will be three grand entries this weekend at the intertribal powwow on the CSU campus. Events begin Thursday, April 19, and run through Sunday, April 22, with Lory Student Center and Moby Arena as the primary venues.

“This is a new collaboration, and we are very excited to be hosting this event,” said Kathy Sherman, head of CSU’s Department of Anthropology. “The High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology is a group of people who want to make a difference, and the topics we will be discussing tie directly to the people who will be attending the powwow. It really is a great opportunity for both groups.”

Several tribes on hand

More than a dozen Native American tribes will be represented at the powwow, which will feature a ground blessing, gourd dances and cultural art. Grand entries are set for 7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, all at Moby Arena. The powwow is celebrating its 20th year.

Lori Pourier, executive director of the First Peoples Fund in Rapid City, S.D., will give the keynote address at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lory Student Center.

Other features include a showing of the film “Real Injun” (8 p.m. Thursday, LSC Room 230), storytelling, food and art vendors.

CSU students admitted free

A schedule of events is available online. All events are open to the public; daily tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. CSU students will be admitted free with student ID.

Event sponsors include the departments of Anthropology, Art, Ethnic Studies and Health and Exercise Science; the American Indian Science and Engineering Society; Native American Cultural Center; Northern Colorado Intertribal Powow Association; and the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology.