In another collaborative effort, the Native American Student Association and School of Technology and Applied Sciences culinary students came together to prepare the feast for the POW-WOW celebration on Saturday, March 15.
According to April Lindala, Director of Native American Studies and NMU faculty member, this event has been a success in the community and on NMU’s campus since 1992.
Planned and executed primarily by the student body, the Native American Student Association plans and hosts the feast, and culinary students help prepare beforehand and on the day of the event.
“I’ve had students helping to prepare since Thursday,” said Chef Christopher Kibit, who also volunteered his time to help prepare in the days before the event, as well as to help cook for the feast.
This collaborative effort is what makes the event possible. “We couldn’t do this without the culinary students,” said April Lindala.
“450 people attended last year,” reported Lindala, and though she anticipated a slightly smaller crowd this year, the effort still involved 100 student volunteers and four days of preparation.
“The pow-wow is a celebration of life,” said Lindala, “and during the feast we eat to observe those who have passed.”
Elders, dancers and singers were served first from an assortment of foods, including the traditional fry bread, bison stew, turkey, potatoes, desserts and more.
The kitchen was a busy place as students, faculty and community members came together to prepare, and the feast was a well-attended, successful part of the pow-wow celebration once again.