WRITER: JESSICA DOWNS
CONTACT: MELVIN O. SHAW
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 7, 1999
Annual Native American Indian Powwow to be held at
UI April 16-18
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa's
American Indian Student Association will host the 10th annual American Indian
Arts and Crafts Festival and Powwow that begins at 5 p.m. Friday, April 16
and continues through Sunday, April 18 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Powwow includes arts and crafts exhibitions and
will feature a variety of American Indian foods prepared by vendors from across
the nation. The Powwow yearly attracts large audiences and brings a number
of tribes and cultures from across the country to the University to share
their histories with participants.
A Powwow highlight is the Native American Indian dancers
who at the start and close of each festival evening perform a ritual dance.
Members of the Chippewa, Mesquaki, Ojibwa, and other tribes participate in
the dances that are intended to educate the public about the diversity among
Native Indian cultures.
For those unable to attend, the Native American Dancers
will give a free and public performance at 12:15 p.m., April 9 in the atrium
of the John Colloton Pavilion, located between the Carver and Pappajohn Pavilions
at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
"This is a great opportunity for the community to come
together and take part in an American Indian gathering," said Sandi Solis,
one of the event organizers for AISA. "It's a chance for those of us who are
Native American to renew old ties and a chance for those who are not to partake
in the culture," Solis said.
Events begin Friday, April 16 from 5 p.m. until 11
p.m. The festival lasts from noon until 11 p.m. Saturday; and from 11 a.m.
until 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for children and senior
citizens with ID, and free to children under 5 and UI students with ID. Group
rates are available for a family of four at $18 and a group of 10 at $40.
Three-day passes are also available at $15 for adults and $10 for children.
For more information, contact AISA at (319) 335-6883 or
the UI Box Office at (319) 335-3041.