7th annual Celebration of the People Powwow honors forgotten warriors

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
November 14, 2011

The Native American Student Association will hold its fall “Celebration of the People” powwow Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Texas State University-San Marcos.

The powwow, which promotes Native American culture and diversity on the Texas State campus, will run 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Student Center amphitheatre. The event is free and open to the public.

The theme this year is Honoring Forgotten Warriors, to recognize the e the veteran community on campus—including dozens of veterans who also happen to be Native American. A digital exhibition of the Combat Paper Project will be on view at the Veteran Alliance at Texas State information table. More information may be found online at www.combatpaper.org.

Two drums will perform this year. The southern drum Bull Creek, led by Nico Peña, and northern drum Eagle Point, led by Robbie Bass are two highly recognized groups well known at powwows across the United States. Richard Waller, a well-known northern-style powwow singer from Seattle will also attend. Many other events including storytelling and flute playing are planned.

Many local and regional vendors will offer handmade Native American arts and crafts as part of the event. Blanket Dances will take place to raise money for a Veteran’s Memorial plaque to be placed in the Memorial Garden on campus.

Tribes represented at the powwow will include Kiowa, Lipan Apache, Comanche, Lakota, Dakota, Choctaw, Paiute, Northern Cherokee, Chickasaw, Potawatomi, Creek, Sans Arc, Caddo, Delaware, Zuni, Huron, Hawaiian and Aztec.

The powwow is sponsored by the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural Programming Committee, Fourwinds Intertribal Council, Inc., Coca Cola, and the Cornucopia Health Food Store.

For more information or special accommodations, please contact Faculty Advisor Roxana Tuff at rt15@txstate.edu or the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (512) 245-2278 at least 72 hours before the event.