The Native American Student Association

hosted the

21st annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow

on Saturday, March 15 at the Vandament Arena

Saturday Grand Entry
Noon and 6pm EST 

Doors Open to Public at 11am EST
General Admission Ticket Price - $5 

NMU Students FREE w/NMU ID


See the 2014 LTWT Pow wow Poster










We are especially grateful to the many volunteers who help in so many ways!



See LTWT photo highlights on Flickr.

Fancy Shawl Mens Traditional


Head Staff

Arena Director:

Bobby Blackdeer

Head Male Dancer:

Tony Davis

Invited Drum:

Buffalo Bay Singers

Fire Keeper:

Sam Doyle

Head Female Dancer:

Lisa Brunk

Invited Drum:

Four Thunders

Head Veteran Dancer:

Don Chosa, Jr.

Host Drum:

Bahweting Singers

Invited Drum:

Little Horse

Emcee: Bucko Teeple

Honor Guard:

Keweenaw Bay Honor Guard

Invited Drum:

Stone Boy

Honor Guard


The pow wow begins with the grand entry and the flag song followed by veterans' honor song.  All Veterans - male/female, Native/non-Native are honored this way.  The Emcee will provide information on the dances including:  male and female traditional dances, jingle dress and grass dance, and male and female fancy dance.  Social dances, such as the inter-tribal, round dance and two-step, are also featured and the audience is invited to participate.  Artisan and vendor booths provide a variety of craft items, reference materials, and food.  A pow wow can truly be a learning experience.

With any new experience, it may be helpful to know certain cultural protocols as you participate or watch the events unfold before you. The Emcee will provide some information and we also put together a Pow wow Etiquette sheet to help. 

 NASA table
Volunteer!  To volunteer, please contact Alicia Paquin at or call the Center (906) 227-1397.  A volunteer sign-up form will be available on the link below.   



Volunteer Sign-up Forms  - Organizing a pow wow is a lot of work.  We appreciate all the volunteers who take their time to assist us.  We will be seeking volunteers in a number of areas - kitchen/dining, set-up/tear-down, security/runners, and front desk/vending. If you are able to help, please click on the link for the volunteer sign-up form and return to the Center for Native American Studies at 112 Whitman. 

We will have a volunteer orientation the week of the pow wow for those who are not familiar with all the activities. See the Volunteer Handbook for general information on pow wow protocol. 

Vendor Information - Please contact Christine Knudson at or call the Center 906-227-1397.  

Booth space is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis. 


Chi Miigwech to the following contributors who help make our pow wow a success!!

Dr. WongThis event is hosted by the Native American Student Association of NMU and is made possible with support from the following NMU departments:

Center for Native American Studies; Charter Schools; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Health Sciences and Professional Studies; Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences; Graduate Education and Research; History; Mathematics and Computer Science; Multicultural Education and Resource Center; Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; President's Committee on Diversity; School of Health and Human Performance and School of Nursing. 

Special thanks to Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, Andy Chosa, L.R. Swadley, Chris Kibit and the Culinary Arts Program, Chris Busch and the PEIF staff, Audio Visual, and Maintenance.


Community contributions are also appreciated from: 

Classic Auto Collision, Kewadin Casinos, Marquette Foods Co-op, Midtown Bakery, Noc Bay Trading Company, Northern Meats, Silver Crow, Subway, Thill's Fish House, Walmart and YMCA. 


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If you would like to learn more about the pow wow or to become a contributor, contact Alicia Paquin (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) with the Native American Student Association at or 906-227-1397.


2012 Pow wow highlights

This two-day event was held on Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Vandament Arena.  See the LTWT Poster! 




2011 pow wow events

2010 pow wow events....

Kahurangi and Pow wow poster here

Kahurangi Maori Highlights

Pow Wow Poster here



POW WOW 2010 Highlights

2010 Pow Wow Listings


Pictures from the Learning to Walk Together Traditional Pow wows past: 

Fancy Shawl Dancer          CNAS Staff          Mens Traditional       Head Male and Female Dancers  


  2003 LTWT Pow wow2002 Hand Drum Contest2005 LTWT Pow wow   



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