The 24th annual “Learning to Walk Together” traditional pow wow at Northern Michigan University will be held on Saturday, March 18, in Vandament Arena. General admission is $5; NMU students are admitted free with ID.
Doors open at 11 a.m. EST, with grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. The pow wow feast will take place from 4-6 p.m. at the NMU Jacobetti Complex.
The Native American Student Association is hosting the event, with coordinated support from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and the Native American Language and Culture Club.
The pow wow begins with the grand entry and the flag song, followed by the veterans’ honor song. All veterans–male and female and Native and non-Native–are honored this way.
The emcee will provide information on the following dances: male and female traditional dances; jingle dress and grass dance; and male and female fancy dance. Social dances such as inter-tribal, round dance and two-step will also be featured and the audience is invited to participate. Artisan and vendor booths will provide a variety of craft items, reference materials and food.
A pow wow etiquette sheet and more detailed information on the event are available on the NMU Center for Native American Studies website at nmu.edu/cnas.