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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.