UI’s Native American Student Organization to host powwow at Carver Hawkeye Arena

The University's 2013 powwow saw dancers of all ages. -- photo courtesy of Roukun Yi / University of Iowa
The University’s 2013 powwow saw dancers of all ages. — photo courtesy of Roukun Yi / University of Iowa

This Saturday, April 11, the Native American Student Association (NASA) will host the 21st Annual University of Iowa Powwow at in Carver Hawkeye Arena as part of a celebration of the song, dance and tradition of American Indian culture.

The powwow began as a one-day event in 1990, and gradually became a popular tradition on campus. After the event took a brief hiatus in 2005, NASA is excited to bring the event back ten years later with a powwow that is reminiscent of its modest beginnings and honors Native American traditions.

Doors for the powwow open at 11 a.m., with the event officially kicking off at 1 p.m. with the Invocation and the beginning of the Grand Entry. The powwow is split up into two sessions, with one at 1 p.m. and one at 7 p.m. The powwow includes two drum contests with the chance to take home a cash prize. Both sessions of the powwow will include an invocation and grand entry, where the dancers are introduced have a chance to show off their beautiful, often hand-crafted regalia.

During a powwow, it’s tradition for Native Americans to wear regalia, or ceremonial clothing. Most regalia has sacred elements, like eagle feathers and animal hides, and they’re often passed down from previous generations. A modern powwow acts as a way for Native Americans to gather and preserve their cultural traditions.

Parking will be available in lots near Carver Arena. The event is free and open to the public. It is important to follow proper procedure and etiquette during your time at the powwow; always ask permission before taking pictures of any dancers, drum groups or ceremonies.

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