Texas State hosts 5th annual Celebration of the People Powwow

By Alec Jennings
University News Service
November 10, 2009

Embracing the history, art and traditions of Native American cultures, the Fifth Annual Celebration of the People Powwow will be held Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center amphitheatre.

Kate Koebbe, Native American Student Association (NASA) president, said people attending this year's event will have the opportunity to view and witness a wide variety of activities including southern drum, powwow dancing, flute playing, Aztec dancing, native vendors, artwork, Nokota horses, storytelling, native food and more.

"This year's celebration will also include an arts festival showcasing crafts and artwork of NASA members as well as professional artists," Koebbe said. "The emphasis on arts and culture embraces right- and left-brain thinkers as a connection to Texas State's Common Experience theme: the 'Whole Mind.'"

One of the featured artists whose work will be showcased at the event will be Eric Slocombe. Slocombe's artwork is prominent in private collections throughout the region. His bronze sculpture of Chief Placido adorns the San Marcos city park near the San Marcos River. His work has been exhibited at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo, was named Outstanding New Artist by the Dallas Safari Club and participated in the 2008 Nature Works Show in Tulsa, Okla.

Koebbe said that beyond artists and vendors, attendees to the powwow can gain a greater appreciation of Native American traditions. The Celebration of the People Powwow, she said, presents a variety of tribal heritages and cultures and can further exemplify a part of people's pasts they may not have been familiar with.

"There is a lot of student interest in this event," Koebbe said. "Hundreds of people stop by to view the dancing, visit vendors, sample food and just to see what is going on. They develop a broader understanding of native culture and maybe even reconnect with their own past even if it's in a very small way."

Groups represented at the event will include: Kiowa, Apache, Comanche, Lakota, Dakota, Choctaw, Paiute, Chickasaw, Sans Arc, Caddo, Delaware, Zuni, Huron, Navajo, Cherokee, Hawaiian, Aztec, Cree, Creek and Mohegan.

Sponsors of the event include: the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Student Organizations Council, Coca Cola, Four Winds Intertribal Society, Inc., Multicultural Programming Committee, the Department of History and the Cornucopia.

For more information, please email Kate Koebbe at kk1310@txstate.edu or call the office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (512) 245-2278.