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    UA powwow to celebrate American Indian community

    The Wildcat Pow Wow Society will be holding its annual powwow April 13-14 on Bear Down Field. The event will feature traditional American Indian dancing, food and music.
    The Wildcat Pow Wow Society will be holding its annual powwow April 13-14 on Bear Down Field. The event will feature traditional American Indian dancing, food and music.

    The Wildcat Pow Wow Society will be holding its annual powwow on April 13 and 14 on Bear Down Field.

    In its 12th year, the powwow celebrates the culture of American Indian students on campus and invites the community to experience American Indian traditions.

    The powwow is intertribal, meaning it draws upon different American Indian traditions.

    “”A lot of it reflects the students that are in the group,”” said Carlton LeCount, president of the Wildcat Pow Wow Society and member of the Omaha nation. “”We try to keep a local element to the powwow to recognize that we’re on Tohono O’odham and Yaqui lands.””

    Representatives of different American Indian groups will participate in the powwow.

    “”I would think of this more as a social event for various tribes because it’s not only just one tribe that’s coming to this powwow, it’s people from all over the place,”” said Wildcat Pow Wow Society member Recynthia Robinson, an undeclared freshman and member of the Navajo Nation.

    “”The powwow … is a way to kind of create connections between the American Indian community and the American body and academic institutions.””
    – Carlton LeCount,
    Wildcat Pow Wow
    Society president

    It is common for universities with significant American Indian populations or ties to the Native American community to have powwows, said LeCount, an American Indian studies graduate student.

    “”The powwow …; is a way to kind of create connections between the American Indian community and the American body and academic institutions,”” LeCount said. “”It’s to create a community.””

    The powwow will feature American Indian food, dancing, music, arts and jewelry. Approximately 20 to 30 vendors will be selling food and crafts at the event. Food will include Indian fry bread and Indian tacos. Contests will be held for dancing and drumming, LeCount said.

    Admission to the powwow is $5 for the general public, $3 for students and military with ID, and free for people over age 55.

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