New Faces of an Ancient People
The Pennsylvania State University and the State College Area School District are hosting the 11th Annual "New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow" Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the Mount Nittany Middle School. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
The American Indian traditional Powwow is a contemporary social gathering and celebration of community featuring American Indian drum music and songs, Native American dance, and Native American foods, as well as American Indian vendors showing and selling their arts and crafts. This powwow is recognized as one of the finest family friendly events available in the State College Area.
In the past, the Powwow had over 160 Native Dancers visit from as far as New Mexico, Canada, South Dakota and other American Indian Communities. In addition over 5000 people visited the powwow to sample American Indian foods, buy American Indian items from Native Vendors, and to observe traditional American Indian Dancers and Singers.
Powwow Drums are by invitation only.
UPDATE: All vendor spaces are sold out.
- Saturday April 5: Dancer Grand Entry at noon and 6:30 p.m., powwow ends at 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday April 6: Dancer Grand Entry only at noon, powwow ends at 5:00 p.m.
- Doors, Vendors and Native Kitchen open at 11:00 a.m., both days.
- Free shuttle service from the HUB-Robeson Center to the Powwow.
- Host Drum: Chaska Hotain Singers, Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada
- Co-Host Drum: Silver Cloud Singers, New York, New York
- Co-Host Drum:Thunder Earth, Ontario, Canada
- Co-Host Drum: Maza Napin, Yankton, South Dakota
- Arena Director: Kenny Irwin, Sr., Arikara, Fort Berthold, North Dakota
- Assistant Arena Director: Brave Heart Sanchez, Ndeh Apache, State College, Pennsylvania
- Emcee: Ron Colombe, Lakota, Rosebud, South Dakota
- Head Male Dancer: Craig Fox, Ojibwe, Wikwemikong Ontario, Canada
- Head Female Dancer: G'Mewin Migwans, Ojibwe, M'Chigeeng First Nation, Ontario, Canada
- Head Veteran Dancer: Robin Bowen, Sisseton/Wahpeton Dakota Sioux. Sisseton, SD Desert Storm Theater
- Storyteller: Dolores Santha, Comanche/Seneca, Missouri
Call for Volunteers
The 2014 Powwow Committee is looking for volunteers now to assist with the logistical aspects of the powwow. Volunteers are needed for Powwow Set-Up, work in the American Indian Kitchen, Errands/Supplies/Facilities, Powwow Take-Down, and various other duties. This year, we are asking volunteers to spend time with use in four (4) hour blocks of time. Please consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity to volunteer to share your time with American Indian cultures.
A Powwow Volunteer Orientation meeting will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 10:00AM in 104 Rackley Buidling, on the Penn State University Park campus. If you are interested in volunteering for the powwow this year - please send an e-mail and we can add your name to the volunteer list. E-mail is the fastest way to reach us.
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bruce Teeple, at email@example.com for more information about volunteer opportunities.
Thanks for considering sharing your time with the American Indian Powwow.
For more information about our powwow and how you can participate, please email John Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org. He is our powwow coordinator and he is always happy to talk powwow.
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