Fifth Annual Traditional Pow Wow

October 30, 2003

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2003_10_30.jpgThe Fifth annual Traditional Pow Wow will be held at Williams Fieldhouse, Saturday Nov. 1.

The purpose of the powwow is a social gathering of one tribe or nation or several tribes or nations. The powwow is an expression of historic culture in terms of singing and dancing and the contemporary evolution of those activities.

There are many protocols that are observed during the powwow that have a cultural or spiritual base.

"This is an opportunity for people to come together and have a good time," said Carl Allsup, director of ethnic studies.

Each dancer's regalia can reflect a variety of things: their tribe, their personal experience or a form of dance.

"It is the opportunity to share in a different cultural practice and enjoy each others company. Powwows are designed to encourage participation," said Allsup. According to Allsup, there will be an opportunity for all people in attendance to dance.

There will be two grand entries or beginnings to dance sessions at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Grand entries are serious advances that express what the powwow is all about. The primary part of the grand entry is to honor all veterans and their participation in the powwow.

Singers, Five Clan, North Spirit and Lac Courte Oreilles Badgers represent different tribes in Wisconsin and are all veterans. They bring a mature and accomplished aspect to the powwow.

This free event is sponsored by the Indigenous Ethnic Studies Program, UWP Foundation, College of Liberal Arts & Education, Teaching Excellence Center, Multicultural Services, Campus Programming Resources, Dept. of Humanities, Dept. of Social Science and individual donations.

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