MSU hosting Native American Honor Dance and Powwow
Native American dancers and drum groups from throughout North Dakota, neighboring states and provinces will compete during the 21st annual Native American Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration, at the Minot State University Dome, on April 23 and 24. The celebration will also include special Native American attractions.
This event, sponsored by the MSU Native American Cultural Awareness Club and the university, will honor all 2010 graduates. Two "Grand Entries," the time when all of the dancers enter the arena, are scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. each day. The "Honor Parade," in which all 2010 graduates are invited to participate, follows the 7 p.m. Grand Entry on April 24.
"The Native American Cultural Awareness Club would like to thank the Three Affiliated Tribes and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe for their continued support of our Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration," said Dennis Parisien, Native American student counselor . "Their support allows us to put on an event that is of both the traditional Native American culture, and in a real sense, an educational event that invites peoples from outside of the culture to join us in this celebration of all of our graduates."
Dance competitions will be held for men, women, teens, juniors and "tiny tots." The competition for men includes traditional, grass and fancy dancing. Women's dance competitions include traditional, fancy and jingle styles. Cash prizes will be awarded.
New this year is a "Switch Dance competition," in which men and women switch regalia and dance in the appropriate style, on April 24. Donations will be taken throughout the day, and the best dancer will take home the collected money.
The celebration offers educational presentations including Native American traditional games by Marvin Bald Eagle Young Man, sweet grass basket making by Carol Parisien, "Seven Teachings," a set of teachings on human conduct towards others by Cecilia Myerion and pictograph vest making by Douglas Pfliger, associate professor of art. Schools and organizations are invited to bring school-age children to these educational presentations on April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.
At 5 p.m. on April 23 in the Student Center, a traditional buffalo meal will be served. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe donated the buffalo.
On April 24, the NACAC will honor Wylie Hammond, director of multicultural support services, since he is retiring at the end of the school year. After 17 years at Minot State, Hammond said he may be leaving, but his volunteer service and recruitment of the Native American population for MSU will continue. Parisien will remain as the Native American student counselor and NACAC advisor.
The doors open at 9:30 a.m. on April 23 because of the educational presentations. On April 24, the doors open 11 a.m. Both days feature performances, demonstrations, dance competitions and the sale of Native American arts, crafts and food.
Admission to the Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration is $2 for ages 12-55; it is free to children under 12, senior citizens and MSU students, faculty and staff. For more information, contact Parisien at 858-3365 or 1-800-777-0750, ext. 3365 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional details can be found on the Native American Club's Facebook page.