Honor Dance: Accomplishments and reconnecting
On April 26, Minot State University's Dome will come alive with tradition, color and movement. Native American dancers and drum groups from throughout North Dakota and neighboring states and provinces will compete during the 24th annual Native American Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration April 26-27. One thousand to 1,500 people attend annually; the event includes the acknowledgement of achievements, competitive dancing, vendor and information booths and food. The powwow is one of the largest student activities on campus.
"In Indian country, we honor those that achieve greatness and recognize them for 'walking the good road' to success in education," said Annette Mennem, Native American Center director. "The MSU Native American Cultural Awareness Club proudly honors the Class of 2013 and wishes them well with their future endeavors."
This event, sponsored by the Native American Cultural Awareness Club and the university, will honor all 2013 graduates. Thirteen Native American students are graduating from MSU this year.
Kevin Locke, "Tokeya Inajin" in Lakota or "The First to Arise," a hoop dancer, indigenous flute player and traditional storyteller from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, will perform April 26 at 8 p.m. Locke is globally known for "The Hope of Life," his hoop dance involving 28 hoops in a complex and acrobatic pattern. In 1990, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded Locke a National Heritage Fellowship.
Both days feature performances, dance competitions and the sale of Native American arts, crafts and food. The activities start at 10 a.m. on April 26 and at 1 p.m. on April 27. 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 2013 MSU graduates are invited to participate, follows the 7 p.m. Grand Entry on April 27.
Dance competitions will be held for adults, 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.
To further honor the graduates and their families, a buffalo meal will be served April 26 in the Student Center at 5 p.m. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe donated the buffalo.
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.
In addition to MSU and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Three Affiliated Tribes' business council, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Visit Minot provided support for the event.
For more information, contact Mennem, at 858-3365 or email@example.com.