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April 2, 2010

PHOTO: Drummers perform at the 2009 UI American Indian Student Association Powwow. Photo by Kirk Murray

Annual Powwow set for April 10-11 at UI Recreation Building

The University of Iowa American Indian Student Association (AISA) will celebrate American Indian culture through song and dance at the UI Powwow Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11 in the UI Recreation Building, 930 Stadium Drive in Iowa City.

For this 17th annual event, American Indian culture will also be shared through music, food, arts and crafts. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day. A grand entry, a vibrant processional involving all competitors, will take place at noon and 7 p.m. Saturday, and at noon on Sunday.

Dancers and drum groups from across the Midwest will perform and compete for more than $19,000 in prizes in 26 categories. Dancers compete in seniors, adults, teen, men, women and junior age divisions, and in traditional, fancy, jingle and grass dance categories, each displaying a distinctive style of footwork and regalia.

Performers include the Smokeytown Singers as host drummers, and head dancers Star Lasley and Nigel Schuyler. Master of ceremonies will be Bart Pawaukee and Damien Bear will be the arena director, helping keep the powwow moving and organized.

"A powwow is a celebration that allows Native American people to get together and enjoy their culture and share it with others, too," says AISA co-chair, Theresa Heitz, a UI senior. "It's a family friendly event and a great way to learn about Native American culture."

This year's UI Powwow is being expanded to a two-day event after being a one-day event in 2009. In previous years, the UI Powwow was one of the largest student events on the UI campus and drew 7,000 people.

Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children and senior citizens or $15 for adults and $8 for a two-day admission. Groups rates are also available. Admission is free to UI students with student ID.

AISA, Latino Native American Cultural Center and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment are also presenting a free event, the Native Pride Dancers, Friday, April 9 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Pomerantz Center Auditorium free admission. Native Pride Dancers is a performance group from Minnesota specializing in native dancing, flute playing, drumming and storytelling.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program contact the AISA at 319-335-8298 in advance.

For more information, see or call 319-335-8298.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Theresa Heitz, American Indian Student Association 319-335-8298,; George McCrory, 319-384-0012,