Indigenous Peoples' Powwow at MTSU

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Photo by Scott Walker at a POW WOW held last year. See more at SmallTownBigWorld.com

The Native American Student Association of Middle Tennessee State University will be hosting the Indigenous Peoples' Powwow this February 24-26, 2017 at the Middle Tennessee State University Tennessee Livestock Center.

Volunteer Kimberly Cooper explains what will take place at the Powwow...

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At one time, MTSU was in the top ten Powwows in the country! After nearly 10 years, the Native American Student Association will renew this incredible tradition and sponsor an Intertribal Powwow Dance Competition for the Middle Tennessee community.

  • Experience social dances and special dances like the Hoop Dance, Chicken Dance, and a Trail of Tears sponsored dance, honoring those that walked.

  • Ron Colombe, Lakota Author, and Dennis Clause bring the oral tradition of Storytelling and Jamie Oxendine will share true stories of the Eastern Woodland period.

  • Native American Music Award Nominee, Ryan Molina and Jaime Chavez, from the Incan Villages of Ecuador, delight our hearts and visions with the music of their people.

  • Niles Aseret, Navajo; CODE TALKERS: NEED FOR NATIONAL RECOGNITION DAY
  • Impact and Importance of Native Languages to WWII Military Strategy
  • UNESCO recognized craft vendors with works in the Smithsonian offer their wares.

  • Come make pottery and learn the traditional ways of pit firing with Mary T Newman.

  • Join championship dancers traveling from the Canadian Tundra of the Cree Nation to the Aztec Dancers of South America.

Supporting events Friday Feb 24 include:

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  • FrybreadCookoff
  • Indigenous Issues Forum: Native Communities speak on Social, Environmental, and Leadership successes, both experienced and sought
  • Renown Seneca blues artist, ButchMudbone, performs at JazzMaTazz

Saturday and Sunday include an Honoring of Native and Non-Native Veterans

  • Welcoming of the Nishiyuu Warriors. These 7 youths, between 12-20yrs, walked 1300 miles to represent First Nations' people to the Canadian Prime Minister in 2013. This Spirit Walk was a powerful act of unity and inspired an international movement. They have accepted the journey to Tennessee as a continuation of this original journey. The Native Community is humbled and honored to share their story.

Special activities for kids on Saturday will welcome kids to come experience what they will not find in their school texts and elevate their understanding of this world in which we live.

EVENT: INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' POWWOW

  • COST: $7.00 GENERAL; $5 MTSU AND SENIORS; FREE UNDER 6 AND SERVICE: MILITARY, EMT, FIRE FIGHTERS, POLICE
  • LOCATION: TENNESSEE LIVE STOCK CENTER
  • TIME: FRIDAY 4 P.M. FRYBREAD COOK OFF; $5 Entrance

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