A recently revived UW-Green Bay tradition will energize the Kress Events Center Saturday, April 13, as the University’s Intertribal Student Council presents the 2013 UW-Green Bay Pow Wow.
This daylong celebration returned to campus a year ago after a several-year hiatus. The event, which is free and open to the public, offers the chance for both Native American and non-Native attendees to experience the culture and sense of community the Pow Wow offers, said Alan Caldwell, an academic adviser with UW-Green Bay’s American Intercultural Center.
“They’ll get to see traditional Native dancers; they’ll be able to hear traditional Native music with the drum groups that’ll be there,” Caldwell said. “It’s a social event and an opportunity for people to be together with family, with friends and with the community.”
The event runs from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the Kress Events Center on the UW-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Grand entries are scheduled at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., with dances, arts and crafts, vendors, food and more offered throughout the day. A Pow Wow feast will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. at the nearby Mauthe Center, just across the parking lot from the Kress Center. All events are free and open to the public.
The theme for the 2013 Pow Wow, “honoring our children,” will be reflected in two special dances taking place during the afternoon. The first will honor children ages birth to nine years old, while the second will recognize children from ages 10 to 18. All children present will be invited to participate.
Each UW-Green Bay Pow Wow features two head dancers, and UW-Green Bay students occupy both roles for the 2013 event. Students Donald Keeble and Chelsea Dodge will be featured in the head dancer roles. The Host Drum for the 2013 Pow Wow is the Young Bear Singers from Mandaree, N. Dak.
UW-Green Bay’s Intertribal Student Council is the main sponsor of the event, with support from the American Intercultural Center, Dean of Students, Office of the Provost and Kress Events Center.