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Release: March 21, 2003

Annual Powwow Brings Native Song, Dance to UI

Hundreds of American Indian dancers and drummers from around the United States and Canada will participate in UI's 14th annual Powwow Celebration of traditional Native American dance and song April 11-13.

The powwow will be at Carver Hawkeye Arena. Doors open at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 11 and at 11 a.m. on April 12 and 13. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children; children under age 5 are free.

The powwow attracts more than 300 American Indian dancers and 20 American Indian drum groups from the United States and Canada, who will showcase traditional dance and song performances as well as compete for more than $30,000 in prize money. In addition to music and dance, American Indian arts, crafts and food will be available.

"The powwow is not only a special event among Indian people, but a way for the first peoples of this country to celebrate our culture and festivities with other people of the world," said Felix Sanchez, who coordinates the powwow for the UI American Indian Student Association. "The powwow promotes diversity in the university and Iowa City communities and by sharing this event, we hope to bring about better understanding between people."

For more information call the UI American Indian Student Association
(319) 335-6883, or visit the Web site at www.uiowa.edu/~aisa/powwow

The Powwow Celebration is sponsored in part through a grant from the Iowa City-Coralville Convention and Visitor's Bureau (www.icccvb.org).

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

CONTACT(S): Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.