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Release: April 5, 2001

12th annual UI Powwow April 6-8

IOWA CITY-- The 12th annual University of Iowa Powwow: A Gathering of Native American Dance, Arts & Crafts, runs April 6-8 and begins when doors open at 5 p.m. Friday, April 6 at Carver Hawkeye Arena. The Grand Entry, performed by Native American Indian dancers, begins at 7 p.m. The powwow continues Saturday and Sunday. Doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday; Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Doors open at 11 a.m. Sunday; Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

Admission tickets prices vary: adult and children 12 and older, $6; children under 12, $5. The powwow is free for UI students with valid student identification and children under 5 years old. Other ticket prices are noted below.

The competition powwow awards over $18,000 to the estimated 265 powwow dance and drum participants who travel across the United States and Canada to take part in this weekend event.

Powwows, say the American Indian Student Association, which organizes the event, are important because they allow Native peoples from across the nation and Canada to socialize, exchange news and display new songs and dance steps. Powwows also provide an arena where Native Americans from various tribes and nations can celebrate and display "the uniqueness, dignity, strength, and survival of Native American cultures."

The annual powwow is one of the largest student events regularly scheduled to take place on the UI campus, and last year drew over 7,000 attendees. An estimated 50 Native American vendors will display and sell their work at the April 6-8 event. Native American food favorites such as fry bread, Indian tacos and traditional stews will be sold by vendors to the public.

For more information contact Virjinya Hicks, UI student and chair, Powwow advertising committee at vhicks@blue.weeg.uiowa.edu (319) 466-0503 or call (319)335-6883/8298 or UI Box Office, 335-3041. Visit the event's Web site for further information at http://www.uiowa.edu/~aisa/powwow.

Ticket prices are $15 for an adult three-day pass; $10 for a child three-day pass; $5 for dancers and drummers; $5 for seniors with identification (55 years and older); $18 for a family pass (group of four); $40 for a group rate (limit of 10 people).