MARQUETTE – The 12th Annual “Learning to Walk Together” Pow Wow will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, at Northern Michigan University’s Vandament Arena. The Native American Student Association is sponsoring the event. Doors open at 11 a.m. each day. Grand entry times will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Sunday. 

Pow wows are celebrations of Native American culture that include dancing, drumming/singing, arts and crafts, and food.  These events are reflective of the large traditional seasonal gatherings that took place on an annual basis across North America. 

The “Learning to Walk Together” theme is based on Anishinaabe traditional medicine wheel teachings about respect between humans and all parts of creation that allows individuals to remain in balance on the journey through life.

The pow wow is a drug- and alcohol-free event. Photography and videotaping of certain activities are no allowed, based on local traditional teachings. Admission is free to children under 8 and to NMU students with a valid ID. The charges for others are $5 for a daily pass and $8 for a weekend pass. Each can be obtained at the door. 

Dignitaries at this year’s pow wow are Eddie Benton Banaise as emcee; Kelly Logan as head male; Annette Logan as head female; Fred Shelifoe as arena director; The Boyz as host drum; Ditibatsin as co-host drum; and The Bucks, Buffalo Horse, and 4 Thunders as invited drums. The head veteran is yet to be announced, and there is room for an additional seven drums in the circle. 

Those wishing to participate as drums or vendors should contact Pam Abel or Molly Meshigaud at (906) 227-1397. For general information on the pow wow, please contact the Native American Student Association at the same number.  Â 

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director