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ASU to host 23rd annual Pow Wow

March 17, 2009

Nearly 300 Native American dancers from across the United States will be featured at the 23rd annual Pow Wow hosted by Arizona State University April 17-19.

Also, a number of Native American artists and jewelers will sell their work.

The event, to be held at the ASU Band Practice Field, Sixth Street and Rural Road, Tempe, begins with gourd dancing at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, with the Grand Entry, a procession of all the dancers, set for 7 p.m.

The schedule for Saturday, April 18 includes: 11:30 a.m., Gourd Dancing; 1 p.m., Grand Entry; 5:30 p.m., Gourd Dancing; 7 – 7:30 p.m., Tiny Tots Pow Wow; 7:30 p.m. – Grand Entry.

On Sunday, April 19, the schedule includes: 11:30 a.m., Gourd Dancing; 1 p.m., Grand Entry; 6 p.m., Closing Song.

Hosts are: Northern Drum, Cree Confederation, Edmonton, Alberta; Southern Drum, Black Bear Creek, Pawnee, Oklahoma; Head Gourd Dancer, Darrell Hills, Mesa, Ariz.; Arena Director, Darrell Goodwill, Fort Qu’Apelle, Saskatchewan; Master of Ceremonies, Dennis Bowen, Tuba City, Ariz.; and Head Judge, Tahnee Baker, Tempe, Ariz.

Admission is $8 ($5 students); three-day pass, $15. For more information call (480) 965-5224 or e-mail letspowwow@asu. For information on the origin of pow wows, pow wow etiquette or descriptions of the dances, go to