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Release: March 28, 2002  

Annual Powwow April 12-14 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena

            The annual American Indian powwow celebration, organized by the American Indian Student Association (AISA) at the University of Iowa, will be held April 12-14 at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. A special pre-powwow exhibition will take place at noon Friday, April 5 at Hubbard Park on the UI Campus. Student dancers and a student drum group from the Meskwaki Indian Settlement will offer a free preview of what audiences can expect to see at the annual powwow, which showcases Indian dance, song, food, and arts and crafts. This year's theme, "Honoring Our Nation's Warriors: Past and Present," is a tribute to all current American military personnel and especially American Indian and American military service veterans.

            The admission costs to the various three-day events are listed below.

            The powwow is a social event where American Indians gather to share traditions among themselves and with other cultures, says Felix Sanchez-Edsitty, a powwow organizer. Organizers expect the powwow to attract over 250 American Indian dancers and 15 American Indian drum groups from across the United States and Canada. Dancers and drummers will compete in various categories for $18,000 in prize money. AISA anticipates that about 5,000 people will attend the powwow. A printable powwow poster schedule is available in Adobe Acrobat Reader format can be found on AISA's Web site, http://www.uiowa.edu/~aisa/powwow.

             The powwow is a drug-free event, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. The powwow, hosted by AISA, is sponsored by the UI and, in part, through a grant from the Iowa City-Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.ICCVB.org ).

 

Event Highlights:

            * Attend three days of exhilarating American Indian dance and song.

            * See over 250 American Indian dancers and American Indian drum groups.

            * Shop where over 50 American Indian vendors will sell authentic arts and crafts, as well as

                        traditional American Indian food.

            * See competition for $18,000 in prize money in 22 American Indian dance categories.  

            ADMISSION:  Adult: 3-day pass - $15; 1-day pass - $6; child: 3-day pass: $10; 1-day pass: $5; Senior Citizens over 55:$5 per day; Family Pass: (group of 4) - $15 per day; Group Rate: (limit 10) $40 per day; Free for UI Student with ID and children under 5                                                                   

            SCHEDULE:  Friday, April 12: Doors open at 5 p.m., Grand Entry at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 13: Doors open at 11 a.m.,  Grand Entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday April 14:  Doors open at 11 a.m., Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

            For more information visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~aisa/powwow or contact Mr. Tracy Peterson, (319) 621-3680 or Mr. Felix Sanchez-Edsitty at (319) 338-7769 or the American Indian Student Association, at (319) 335-8298