Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – The 11th annual “Learning to Walk Together” traditional powwow will be held Friday-Sunday, March 14-16, in Vandament Arena at Northern Michigan University.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  A powwow is a celebratory event with dances, songs, art and food. This yearÂ’s powwow is dedicated to Thurman Bear, a long-time advocate for Native people. He was involved in last yearÂ’s event and passed away on Feb. 8.

Singers from all over the Great Lakes region will attend the event. There will be at least one Grand Entry per day, which is when all of the flag bearers and dancers come into the dance circle. The dance circle is where most of a powwow takes place. It includes drums, dancers and the master of ceremonies. Grand Entry times are 7 p.m. Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  There are six major styles of dances in the Great Lakes region: traditional, jingle dress and fancy shawl for women and traditional, grass dance and fancy bustle for men. Each style is unique and, for most of the dancers, each of their outfits is specially made to represent something to them.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “The colors may mean something special,” said April Lindala, adviser to the Native American Student Association. “The beadwork might have eagle feathers or bear claws to indicate someoneÂ’s clan. Powwows are important to Native people because it is one way we celebrate who we are as a Native people. We celebrate life, we honor our elders, we sing for our children. Primarily though, itÂ’s where we see family and friends.”

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  Admission for the general public is $5 for a weekend button and $3 for a daily pass. The event is free to NMU students with an I.D.

The Native American Student Association is sponsoring this event. For more information or to volunteer, call the Diversity Student Services Office at 906-227-1554.

April Lindala can be reached at 906-227-1554.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman