October 31, 2012

West campus hosts traditional pow-wow Nov. 10

Posted: October 31, 2012
Native dancer
As in previous years, Native dancers in colorful traditional attire will perform on the Fletcher Library Lawn during the Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow-Wow.

The Fletcher Library Lawn at Arizona State University’s West campus will come alive with the sights and sounds of Native drummers and dancers on Saturday, Nov. 10, during the campus’s annual Veterans Day Weekend Traditional Pow-Wow. The event, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, is free and open to the public.

In addition to dance and drum performances, the Pow-Wow will feature grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Native arts and crafts, and food booths offering fry bread and more.

“The event’s theme is ‘A Celebration of Native Veterans,’ and American Indian veterans are especially encouraged to attend,” said Dennis Eagleman, event chairman. “They will be welcomed and thanked for their service to our country.”

The day’s schedule is:

11 a.m. – Gourd dancing
1 p.m. – Grand entry
5 p.m. – Dinner break
6 p.m. – Gourd dancing
7 p.m. – Grand entry
7:30 p.m. – Recognition of veterans
10 p.m. – Closing

Participants include Announcer Dennis Bowen, Sr., Arena Director Donald Sabori, Head Man Dancer Jarod Pidgeon, Head Woman Dancer Elizabeth Young, Head Boy Dancer Wayne Big Crow, Head Girl Dancer Breezy Big Crow, and Southern Drum Chris Dinehdeal. The color guard will be the First Nations Warrior Society.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. (Limited seating will be provided for tribal elders.)

The Pow-Wow is sponsored by the Native American Events Committee, Native American Student Organization, and the Office of Public Affairs at ASU’s West campus.

For more information, call (602) 543-5300 or email westevents@asu.edu.