MSU hosting Native American honor dance and powwow
Native American dancers and drum groups from throughout North Dakota and neighboring states and provinces will compete during the 22nd annual Native American Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration at the Minot State University Dome April 29-30. 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 2011 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 2011 MSU graduates are invited to participate, follows the 7 p.m. Grand Entry on April 30.
"The Native American Cultural Awareness Club and Minot State are honored to host a traditional Native American cultural event that promotes understanding and appreciation of Native peoples and honors our university graduates," said Wylie Hammond, NACAC advisor.
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.
At 5 p.m. on April 29 in the Student Center, a traditional buffalo meal will be served. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe donated the buffalo.
Both days feature performances, dance competitions and the sale of Native American arts, crafts and food. The activities start at 10 a.m.
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 Evelyn Klimpel, NACAC advisor, at 858-3371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.