New Faces of an Ancient People
The Pennsylvania State University and the State College Area School District are hosting the 10th Annual "New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow" Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7, 2013, 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.
Last year 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.
All vendor spaces are by invitation only.
- Saturday April 6: Dancer Grand Entry at noon and 6:30 p.m., powwow ends at 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday April 7: 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: Maza Napin, Yankton South Dakota
- Co-Host Drum: Chaska Hotain Singers, Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada
- Co-Host Drum: Thunder Earth, Wikwemikong, Canada
- Co-Host Drum: Silver Cloud Singers, Southern Drum, Arizona
- Arena Director: Kenny Irwin, Sr., Fort Berthold, ND. Arikara
- Assistant Arena Director: Richie Plass, Oneida, WI. Menominee/Stockbridge Munsee
- Emcee: Ron Colombe, Rosebud, SD. Lakota
- Head Male Dancer: Keith Colson, North Carolina Tuscarora/Lumbee
- Head Female Dancer: Selene Phillips, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Wisconsin, Ojibwe
- Head Veteran Dancer: Clayton Logan, Cattaraugus Seneca, NY - Vietnam Theater
- Storyteller: Dolores Santha, Missouri, Comanche/Seneca
Call for Volunteers
The 2013 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, Take-Down, and various other duties. This year we are asking volunteers to spend time with use in four (4) or eight (8) 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 in the beginning of 2013, at the Penn State University Park campus. (Please check back later for the specific date, time and location.. 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.
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 email@example.com. He is our powwow coordinator and he is always happy to talk powwow.
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