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West campus hosts traditional pow-wow, Nov. 12

Native dancer
October 27, 2011

The Fletcher Library Lawn at Arizona State University’s West campus will come alive with the sights and sounds of Native drummers and dancers on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the campus’s 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 drum 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 Dancers
  • 1 p.m. – Grand Entry
  • 5 p.m. – Dinner break
  • 6 p.m. – Gourd dancing
  • 7 p.m. – Welcome and acknowledgement of veterans
  • 7 p.m. – Grand entry
  • 10 p.m. – Closing

Participants include Announcer Dennis Bowen, Arena Director Donald Sabori, Head Man Dancer Jarod Pidgeon, Head Woman Dancer Elyse Monroe, Head Boy Dancer Mashuska (Kunu) Pidgeon, Head Girl Dancer Renae Blackwater, Northern Drum Saste Takoja, and Southern Drum Chris Dinehdeal. 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.

For more information, call (602) 543-5300.