AIA welcomes community members to traditional dance


 

Submitted by Alan Neitzel, AIA

 

Native American dancers travel from across the state to participate in the popular event.  Photo by D.J. Gosnell

Native American dancers travel from across the state to participate in the popular event. Photo by D.J. Gosnell

The Second Annual Contest Powwow will be held at 2 p.m. April 13 in the Student Center and is open to the campus.

Organizers are hoping to replicate the success of last year’s powwow that saw dancers from around the state and actors Eddie and Michael Spears.

The dinner of Indian tacos at 5 p.m. is free and open to the public. The Grand Entry at 7 p.m. will be led by the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Color Guard, with tribal princesses and dancers parading into the arena for the dance. The dance competition will follow and displays of jewelry and crafts will be up throughout the event.

“In just two short years, the American Indian Association has developed one of the most talked about events within the Native American community, and what sets Rose State apart is the kindness and service to our guests,” Alan Neitzel, a member of AIA, said.

Powwow organizers have some etiquette tips for attendees. Allow tribal elders and non-tribal seniors to get their food first. Assistance in getting food is available to seniors. Do not touch a dancer’s regalia, even if something falls off. There may be customs that exist when retrieving a fallen item. Photography of the event is welcome, but ask before photographing those outside of the circle.

AIA’s purpose is to increase RSC’s presence within the Native American community and be a positive reinforcement for students.

 

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