Grand Valley State University’s Native American Student Association Hosts 18th Annual Powwow This Weekend

Previous GVSU powwow

Previous GVSU powwow

ALLENDALE, MICHIGAN —The Native American Student Association (NASA) at Grand Valley State University will host its 18th Annual Spring Powwow this weekend, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12, to raise awareness of American Indian culture and tradition. The theme of this year’s powwow is “Celebrating All Walks of Life.”

The powwow will be held in the GVSU Fieldhouse on the university’s Allendale Campus, located 12 miles west of downtown Grand Rapids.

“This important is for all GVSU students and the community to come to immerse themselves in our culture,”  said Molly Matson (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) , president of NASA commented to Native News Online. “There are many GVSU students who don’t know anything about powwows. This powwow gives them a good opportunity to come out to learn more about our culture.”

This popular powwow will bring American Indian drummers and dancers from various states in the Great Lakes region. Dancers will line up by dance style and age to enter the powwow circle while the host drum sings a song.

nasa_logo[1413560128000]American Indian traders will have vendor tables to sell their handmade or painted American Indian art work. American Indian food fare will be available.

Paul Raphael (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians) will serve as the powwow emcee.

Saturday, April 11:
2–5 p.m.: Grand Entry – Dancing and drumming continues
5–7 p.m.: Break
7–10 p.m.: Grand Entry – Dancing and drumming continues

Sunday, April 12:
12 p.m.: Grand Entry – Dancing and drumming continues
4 p.m.: Powwow ends

There will be a silent auction, and Native American art, jewelry and cuisine will be available to purchase throughout both days.

Supporting sponsors include Grand Valley’s Division of Inclusion and Equity, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Auxiliary Services and Cultural Programming Board, as well as FireKeepers Casino Hotel, Notwaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi and Gun Lake Casino.

For more information, contact NASA at gvsu_nasa@yahoo.com or Kristie Scanlon in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (616) 331-2177.

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