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SU Native to Host its 8th Annual Powwow April 14

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    The SU Native powwow offer members of the community a chance to get to talk with different dancers and even partake in different dances. The 2012 powwow will be held April 14.

Event offers the community the opportunity to share in a unique cultural experience

The Southwestern University student organization SU Native is hosting its 8th annual Native Traditions Powwow April 14 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Robertson Center. The event is free and open to members of the Southwestern, Georgetown and surrounding communities.

Joshua Martin, the president of SU Native, explained that while most Native American powwows are competitions, the SU Native powwow is more of a social powwow.

“Competitive powwows do not usually offer many opportunities for interaction between the dancers and the community,” Martin said. “At a social powwow, different tribes can come out in a relaxed environment and offer members of the community a chance to get to talk with different dancers and even partake in different dances during the day. Our event is one of the few – if not the only – social powwow in central Texas.”

At least a dozen different tribes are expected to participate in the April 14 event, with some people coming from as far as Canada. Martin said powwows are important to the Native American community because they help keep families and communities together, enable tribes to pass on their culture to future generations and educate the public about Native Americans.  

“Sometimes people will only see a relative once a year and it will be at a powwow,” he said.

In addition to dancing, there will be a storyteller at the Powwow to recount different narratives from Native American history. There also will be vendors selling merchandise such as dream catchers, flutes, sand paints and many different types of beaded work.

“One unique thing [about the vendors] is that you can be sure that they have made it themselves,” Martin said.  

SU Native hosted its first powwow just a year after the organization was founded and Martin said members of the organization have worked very hard to host one every year since.

“Over the past few years other powwows have had to be canceled or postponed because of the tough economic times and other issues,” Martin said. “We were fortunate to be able to host the event this year with the help of several donors and advisors.”

For more details on the event, visit here.

−Isaac Bernal