MARQUETTE - The I olh annual "Leaming to Walk Together" traditional pow wow will be held at Northern Michigan University March 16-17.  It is hosted by the Native American Student Association.

The event will take place in Vandament Arena on the NMU campus.  Grand@entry times will be at I p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and I p.m. Sunday, March 17.

A pow wow celebrates life with Native American singing and dancing.  Woodland Singers from Baraga will be the host drum and Maheegun (my-EE-gun) and Bernadette Shawanda will serve as the head male and female dancers.

Singers and dancers from all over Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ontario have been invited to participate.  Native artists from the Great Lakes region have also been invited to attend the pow wow to sell their authentic artwork, which ranges from baskets and beadwork to paintings and woodcarvings.

Many people from the campus and Marquette communities volunteer at the pow wow each year.  For volunteer opportunities, or information on the event, contact the NMU diversity student services office at (906) 227-1554.

The Native American Student Association is a member of the American Indian Coordinating Council of Marquette County.  Last year, the group was recognized as NMU student organization of the year for planning numerous projects and programs, including the pow wow.

Supporters of the event include Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Kewadin Casinos, the King*Chavez*Parks College Day and Gateway Academic Programs, Great Lakes Radio, Johnson's Printing of Marquette and several NMU departments and offices.

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director