Oct. 5, 2000

Contact Pamela Young


Ninth Annual "Honoring Tradition" Pow Wow at Eastern Michigan Oct. 14-15

Ypsilanti - Eastern Michigan University's Bowen Fieldhouse will be the scene for one of the Great Lakes' most colorful and authentic pow wows, Oct. 14-15.

The 9th annual "Honoring Tradition" Pow Wow will feature singers and dancers from the Great Lakes region, including Michigan. Dancers will perform social dances and exhibitions in various categories such as the Traditional (Old Style), Fancy, Grass and Jingle Dress styles. Inter-tribal and social dances also will allow the public to participate while learning about the Native American way of life. The event is sponsored by Eastern Michigan's Native American Student Organization and the Center for Multicultural Affairs.

"Pow wows provide Native Americans with an opportunity to gather with families and friends to celebrate life," said Danielle Adams, one of the event's organizers. "Eastern Michigan's pow wow is recognized as one of the best student-coordinated Native American gatherings in the Great Lakes area."

Prominent Native American artisans from the Great Lakes region will display and sell authentic arts and crafts including turquoise and silver jewelry, and Pendleton blankets. Woodlands art, featuring black ash and birchbark basketry, bead work, pottery and fine art, also will be for sale.

Doors open at 11 a.m. both days. Dancing and singing begin with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m., Oct. 14, and run through 10 p.m. with a break from 5-7 p.m. A second Grand Entry is at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, Oct. 15, activities run 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $6, adults; $5 for students and senior citizens; $4 for children 4-12; Children 3 and under are free. Group rates are available.

For information, contact Danielle Adams at 734.332.0293