NIC powwow to be held March 18-19


The piece of land on which North Idaho College now sits once served as the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's winter home and gathering place. Now years later, Native Americans representing numerous tribes from across North America will again gather at this site called Yap-Keehn-Um, a Coeur d'Alene term meaning “the gathering place,” to celebrate culture, companionship and tradition at NIC's Gathering Place Powwow March 18 and 19. This year's powwow will host numerous drum circles that will play throughout the event as well as food and arts and crafts vendors outside Edminster Student Union Building. The host drum will be Dine-Nation of Tuba City, Ariz., and Leon Old Elk of the Crow Tribe and Nicky SiJohn of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe are the head dancers. Thomas Morning Owl of the Umatilla Tribe and Gary Fox of the Cree Tribe will emcee the event. Larry White and Everett White of the Dine Tribe will serve as arena directors. “This powwow will sort of kick off the powwow season for many of the dancers,” said NIC's American Indian/Minority Student Advisor Darrell Tso, adding that he expects approximately 300 dancers to participate in the powwow from all across the United States and Canada. Dancers and drummers will compete in more than 10 categories ranging from men's and women's traditional dance to fancy dances and divisions for teens and children. One of the highlights of the powwow is the men's war bonnet dance, known for it's aggressive pace and intricate, colorful dancer regalia. “This is a community event and we want to welcome anybody and everybody to attend the powwow,” Tso said. Grand entry will be at 7 p.m. Friday, March 18 and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 19 in Christianson Gym on NIC's main campus. The powwow is hosted by NIC and cosponsored by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the Kootenai Tribe. The event is free and open to the public. Information: (208) 769-3365 or click here.

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NIC American Indian/Minority Student Advisor Darrell Tso, (208) 769-3365

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2005

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