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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Sept. 29, 2009

    Northwest Powwow celebrating sixth year

    Northwest powwow

    Dancers in full regalia will compete in Saturday's Northwest Powwow. This is the sixth year for the event, which is free and open to the public.

    The sixth annual Northwest Powwow - a celebration of Native American culture and tradition - will take place Saturday, Oct. 3, in Bearcat Arena. Grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The free event is open to the public.

    The powwow will feature singing, drums and scores of dancers in full regalia competing in such categories as grass dancing, traditional, fancy, fancy shawl and jingle dress. Age and gender categories include "tiny tots," juniors/teens, women, men and "golden age."

    Jeremy Shields will serve as arena director, and Willie Ogden will perform duties as master of ceremonies. Host drummers include Fox Trail and Young Omahas. Head man dancer is Tim Robinson, and head lady dancer is Lacey Abrahamsen.

    As in past years, there will be plenty of intertribal dancing for all participants. Since dancing continues uninterrupted throughout the powwow, spectators should feel free to come and go during the event.

    Concessions, provided by Northwest's Council of Exceptional Children, will be available for sale, as will Northwest Powwow T-shirts. Native American vendors and craftspeople also will be on hand displaying and selling their wares. Contributions from spectators - in the form of blanket dances - to the drum teams assist with traveling expenses and are appreciated.

    Details of the University's Native American Scholarship will be announced during the powwow. Supported by private donations and proceeds from the sale of T-shirts and other items, the scholarship is made possible through a major gift to the Northwest Foundation by 1949 alumnus Earl Shelton. The award is made to eligible Northwest juniors and seniors who must earn a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 while demonstrating a commitment to the preservation of Native American culture.

    Those attending this year's powwow are encouraged to help support the scholarship through individual donations. For information about the Northwest Native American Scholarship Fund, call the Northwest Foundation at 660.562.1248.

    The Northwest Powwow is sponsored by the University's Intercultural and International Center, Northwest's College of Education and Human Services, the Office of Student Affairs and a Northwest Culture of Quality grant.

    For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Crossland, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction, at 660.562.1776.

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468