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UW-Eau Claire Pow-Wow to be held April 20

April 9, 2013

Pow-WowEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Pow-Wow will be held April 20 in Zorn Arena.

Doors to the event will open to the public at noon. Grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The feast will begin at 5 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The admission fee, which includes the feast, is $4 for adults, $3 for those with a Blugold ID and free for children under 5 and seniors over 55.

Larry "Amik" Smallwood will serve as master of ceremonies and Willard R. Gouge Jr. will be the arena director. The host drum will be two-time Native American Award-winner, Pipestone, and invited drums include the Lac Courte Oreilles Badger Singers, the Red Lake Singers and the Howah Singers. The head dancers will be announced during each session.

The first five drums registered will receive an honorarium. No preregistration is allowed.

"The pow-wow and celebration is an exciting time for all students, faculty, staff and community members. There will be Indian Nations represented from all over Wisconsin and Minnesota," said event coordinator Odawa White of UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs. "A pow-wow is a social gathering and is open to everyone who would like to participate and experience a part of Native culture."

The annual event provides an opportunity for Native American people to gather and celebrate the importance of their heritage and culture, and for UW-Eau Claire to recognize and honor its American Indian alumni. All members of the campus community and surrounding communities are invited to attend to experience an example of Native American culture.

Vendors will sell their arts and crafts throughout the day.

The UW-Eau Claire Pow-Wow is sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Native American Student Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Student Senate.

For more information, contact Odawa White, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at 715-836-5840 or whiteol@uwec.edu.

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