Contest-style Powwow set for April 24 Mar 17

The UMM Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold its 33rd Annual CNIA Powwow on Saturday, April 8, in the P.E. Center Gymnasium. The Powwow introduces the Morris campus and community to a contest-style powwow and celebrates the social and cultural ties American Indian students have with Native communities in Minnesota,North Dakota, and South Dakota.

This year Jerry Dearly of the Lakota tribe will serve as master of ceremonies. The host drum will be Eyabay of Red Lake Band of Chippewa. Gabe Desrosiers, Anishinaabe language instructor and cultural programs and outreach coordinator, will be arena director, and Clay Crawford, of Lakota tribe, will be head dance judge. The Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Desert Era Veterans will act as honor guard.

Dance contest categories include: Golden Age (55+ men/women) combined/separate; Adult Men (18–54 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Adult Women (18–54 years) Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Teen (12–17 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Teen Girls’ Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; Junior (6–11 years) Traditional, Grass, Fancy; Junior Girls’ Traditional, Jingle, Fancy; and Tiny Tots (0–5 years). Specials include UMM Brave. There also will be a drum payout for the first 10 drums (must have five registered singers). Other features of this year’s event include a Powwow Feast and American Indian arts and crafts.

There also will be a drum payout for the first 10 drums. Other features of this year’s event include a Powwow Feast and American Indian arts and crafts.

Registration for drums and dancers begins at noon. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Grand Entry, a procession of all dancers into the dance arena, will occur at 12 and 6:30 p.m.