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March 31, 2011

Annual Pow Wow set for April 9 at UI Recreation Building

The University of Iowa American Indian Student Association (AISA) will celebrate the American Indian culture through song and dance at the UI Pow Wow Saturday, April 9, in the UI Recreation Building, 930 Stadium Drive in Iowa City.

For this 18th annual event, American Indian culture will also be shared through music, food, arts and crafts. Doors open at 10 a.m. The grand entry, a vibrant processional involving all competitors, will take place at noon and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Dancers and drum groups from across the Midwest will perform and compete for more than $17,000 in prizes. Dancers compete in seniors, adults, young adult 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.

Shelly Bointy will be the head lady dancer, arespected dancer who leads other dancers. Master of ceremonies will be Dean Whitebreast, and Chad Killscrow will be the arena director, helping keep the pow wow moving and organized. Tracy Peterson will be head drum judge, Jake Desrosiers will be head dance judge and Delaine Alley will serve as tabulator.

"A pow wow is a celebration that allows Native American people to get together and enjoy their culture and share it with others, too," said AISA alumna Theresa Heitz. "It's a family friendly event and a great way to learn about Native American culture."

Daily admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and senior citizens. Family (up to six people) rate is $30 and the group six to 10 people) rate is $35. Admission is free to UI students with student ID.

For more information, including The pow wow is part of the Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) 40th Anniversary Celebration, Friday, April 8 to Sunday, April 10. For more information see

For more information, including UI Pow Wow sponsors, history and etiquette see

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: American Indian Student Association, 319-335-8298; George McCrory, 319-384-0012, University News Services,