MARQUETTE -- The 14th annual "Learning to Walk Together" traditional pow wow will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 18-19, at Northern Michigan University's Vandament Arena.

            Hosted by the NMU Native American Student Association, the pow wow was titled "Learning to Walk Together" several years ago to encourage the unification of diversity at NMU.  Dancers and singers from numerous tribes around the Great Lakes region will perform from 1-4:30 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1-4:30 p.m. on Sunday. 

          The Smokeytown Singers of the Menominee Nation will serve as host drum. Several other drum groups and dancers from Michigan, Ontario, Wisconsin and Minnesota will also participate. The event will be emceed by Joey Besaw of Keshena, Wis.

            A traditional feast will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the annual hand drum singing competition. Native artisans will also be featured from around the Great Lakes region and will be selling their original works. Vendors must pre-register for the event.

          The cost is $3 a day or $5 for both days for the general public; NMU students may attend for free with student ID. 

          The pow wow is made possible by the support of the NMU Center for Native American Studies, the NMU Diversity Student Services Office, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa.

          For more information or to volunteer for this event, contact the NMU Center for Native American Studies at 906-227-1397. 

Prepared By
Kristi Evans
News Director