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Get Your Immersion by Attending Pow-Wows

Pow-wows (dances) give the general public a fun way of getting immersed in Native cultures and languages.

The University of Iowa (.4% Native enrollment) helped fund a $35,000 inter-tribal pow-wow. Attendees Bob Morgan (a descendant of Bima River tribes) and James Sanderson Jr. (Potawatomi – Pokagon) stressed the importance of language in keeping traditions alive for the next generation in The Daily Iowan article.

The University of Tennessee had a two-day long Native celebration that involved dancing and storytelling at Circle Park called in Cherokee Anadasgisi (they are gathering), likewise hosted by their Native American Student Association. It featured the Guam dance group The Spirit of the Pacific Islands, who acknowledged cultural connections between American Indians and Polynesian peoples.

Friday, April 15th, the Catawba are hosting an intertribal pow-wow at York County, South Carolina, with representatives from 30 tribes including Aztecs from Mexico. Even though there are no native speakers left, over 50 members will still sing traditional songs in Catawba.

So find a pow-wow this summer or get in touch with your local university’s Native student organization today!

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