ASU's West campus hosts traditional pow wow
The Fletcher Library Lawn at Arizona State University’s West campus will come alive with the sights and sounds of Native drummers, singers and dancers on Saturday, Nov. 9, during the campus’ annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow. The event, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, is free and open to the public.
In addition to dance and drumming/singing performances, the Pow Wow will feature grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Native arts and crafts, and food booths offering fry bread and more.
“The event’s theme is ‘A Celebration of Native Veterans,’ and American Indian veterans are especially encouraged to attend,” said Dennis Eagleman, event chairman. “They will be welcomed and thanked for their service to our country.”
The day’s schedule is:
11 a.m. – Gourd dancing
1 p.m. – Grand entry
5 p.m. – Dinner break
6 p.m. – Gourd dancing
7 p.m. – Grand entry
7:30 p.m. – Recognition of veterans
10 p.m. – Closing
Participants include announcer Chuck Benson, arena director Donald Sabori, head man dancer Steve Bison, head woman dancer Elizabeth Young, head girl dancer Mikeala Fish, Southern drum Melvin Deer, Jr. and Northern drum Cornelius Nelson. The color guard will be the First Nations Warrior Society.
Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. (Limited seating will be provided for tribal elders.)
The Pow Wow is sponsored by the Native American Events Committee, Native American Student Organization and the Office of Public Affairs at ASU’s West campus.