The University of Utah's Inter-Tribal Student Association presents the 44rd annual Sustaining our Culture Powwow beginning with the Grand Entry, April 8 at 7 p.m. and two entries on April 9 at 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. The ceremonial Grand Entry is a cultural and spiritual tradition where a parade of participants enters the dance circle hosted by northern and southern drummers. This year’s northern host drum is White Bull, and this year’s southern host drum is Southern Style.
"The Sustaining our Culture Powwow is just that, a time for American Indian/Alaskan Native students, faculty and staff to come together and promote appropriate representation of their culture on campus," said Nathan Begaye, chair for the Powwow planning committee at the U. "This is also an opportunity for the Inter-Tribal Student Association to engage and connect with the larger American Indian/Alaskan Native community in the Wasatch Front."
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April 8, 2016
5pm - Registration
7pm - Grand Entry
April 9, 2016
10am - Registration
12pm - Grand Entry
5pm - Dinner Break
6pm - Grand Entry
Collegiate Social - All Categories
Jr. Boys Grass
Jr. Girls Southern Traditional
Golden Age Women's:
Traditional (in honor of Mary Jane Cantsee)
Native American Trading Post (sponsor)
Northern Host Drum: White Bull
Southern Host Drum: Southern Style
Master of Ceremonies: Bart Powaukee
Arena Director: Joseph Baldwin
Head Woman: Celena Pawaukee
Head Man: William Leonard
Color Guard: Inter-Tribal Veterans Association
- Always stand respectfully during special songs. These include the Grand Entry, flag songs, veteran’s songs or any other song the MC designates. During these songs, men should remove their hats.
- Pay extra attention to the MC for various announcements about the event and type of dances.
- Ask permission before taking photos of dancers in regalia. If the photo is for publication or commercial use, this should be explained before the photo is taken.
- The correct term for a dancer’s outfit is regalia, not costume. Never touch a dancer’s regalia. Many of the ornaments have religious meaning and are cherished family heirlooms.
- If you see a lost or dropped feather, do NOT pick it up. Notify the nearest staff member, veteran, Head Man Dancer or Arena Director immediately.
- Pointing with the fingers is considered poor manners by some tribes. If you must point, use your head and nod in the direction you wish to indicate.
- Feel free to join in the inter-tribal dances by invitation of the MC.
- Do not ever cross the arena floor! Do not go into drum circles. Stay on the perimeter. If a drum group is singing or about to sing, do not approach the drum.
- Last of all, powwows are meant to be social events. Make a new friend, eat some food, visit the vendors… have a great time!
If you have any questions about any of the above etiquette or would like to know more, please ask an ITSA member. Also, most dancers, singers, elders and staff are happy to help.