CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 4, 2000
Annual UI Powwow, American Indian Arts and Crafts Festival is April 7-9
IOWA CITY, Iowa The 11th Annual University of Iowa Powwow and American
Indian Arts and Crafts Festival will be held April 7-9, at Carver-Hawkeye
Arena. The event, organized by the UI American Indian Student Association,
runs from 5-11 p.m. April 7, from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, April 8, and from
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday April 9.
The UI Powwow is one of the largest student events on the UI campus and in
previous years has drawn 7,000 people to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Powwows are
popular social events for Indian people across the country. They are a chance
for American Indian peoples to get together to socialize and share dancing
The UI Powwow will also feature Native American arts and crafts, as Native
vendors display and sell their work. There will also be plenty of American
Indian food favorites such as fry bread, Indian Tacos, and traditional stews.
The UI Powwow is a competitive powwow, which means that dancers and drum
groups will be competing in a number of different categories. These categories
include Men's and Women's Traditional, Men's Fancy Bustle, Women's Fancy Shawl,
Men's Grass Dance, Women's Jingle Dance, Men's Straight Dance, and Women's
Southern Cloth and Buckskin, as well as children's categories. Each of these
dances requires a distinctive style of footwork and clothing. The dancers
are judged on their outfits and accessories and how well they dance. Singers
and drum groups must provide a proper song for each type of dance, and in
some cases, use intricate rhythms to try to "trick" the dancers
into missing the last beat of the song.
There will be informational demonstrations throughout the powwow weekend
to explain the different dance and music styles for those who are new to powwow.
Admission to the Powwow is $6 for adults, $5 for children and senior citizens,
and free for children under 5 and UI students with ID. A family pass admits
four for $18 and a 10-person group ticket is $40. Three-day passes are also
available at $15 for adults and $10 for children.
This year, in conjunction with the powwow, the UI American Indian and Native
Studies Program will host the CIC American Indian Studies Consortium Annual
Graduate Student Conference. The events of the conference will include an
evening of storytelling featuring Native storytellers and discussion of storytelling
as well as presentations by graduate students doing research on topic related
to pan-hemispheric American Indian Studies.
Additional information is available on the Powwow Web site http://www.uiowa.edu/~ainsp/powwow/
or by contacting UI professor Jacki Rand at firstname.lastname@example.org
or UI graduate student and event organizer Tracy Peterson at email@example.com