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The annual Northwest Powwow features singing drums and scores of dancers in full regalia competing in dancing categories, in addition to crafts and food. The 2010 Powwow is Saturday, Oct. 9 at Bearcat Arena. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Advancement)

Oct. 5, 2010

Northwest to host seventh annual Powwow Saturday

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University will host its seventh annual Northwest Powwow Saturday, Oct. 9 in Bearcat Arena.

The Powwow features singing, drums and scores of dancers in full regalia competing in categories including grass dancing, traditional, fancy shawl and jingle dress. Age and gender categories include "tiny tots," juniors and teens, women, men and "golden age" for adults ages 55 and older.

The afternoon presentation begins at 1 p.m. with a grand entry. An evening presentation begins at 6 p.m. with a grand entry. Each session will last about four hours. Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

Dr. Barbara Crossland , assistant professor of curriculum and instruction , has helped coordinate the event since its inception and describes it as "a celebration of Native American culture."

"You are surrounded by native people whether you realize it or not," Crossland said. "It's good for us to understand where they come from and what they consider special. And it's an awful lot of fun. It's a wonderful, fun day that's full of joy and music and bright colors and beautiful things to see."

Jeremy Shields will serve as arena director. Manny King is master of ceremonies. Host drums are performed by Mahushka Boyz and Buffalo Singers. Head Man Dancer is Adrian Primeaux and Head Lady Dancer is Winona Boado.

Vendors will offer a variety of Native American craft items, t-shirts and food for sale, including fry bread, Indian tacos and beverages.

"There will be lots of things to eat, lots of pretty things to look at and maybe purchase, and lots of dancing to watch," Crossland said.

Proceeds benefit the Northwest Native American Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is made possible through a 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. For information about the Northwest Native American Scholarship Fund, call the Northwest Foundation at 660.562.1248.

For more information about the Northwest Powwow, contact Crossland at 660.562.1776 or

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