The American Indian Council hosted the 43rd annual American Indian Pow Wow in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse March 30 and 31. A Pow Wow is a social gathering to celebrate Native American culture through dancing and singing. This Pow Wow featured three Grand Entries, or parades of dancers, with over 500 dancers from tribes all over the country. They danced together in traditional and colorful clothing, with intricate bead designs and embellished feather headdresses alongside the Host Drum (the group responsible for the music at powwows), Young Spirit.
The dancers of all ages entered the dance floor in groups, each doing a specific traditional dance with a costume that accompanied it. In the grand entries, the dancers were led by a color guard of the American Indian Council comprised of MSU students. MSU’s American Indian Council, under the Department of Native American Studies, is run by students who play a large part in putting on the Pow Wow each year, from fundraising to planning and marketing.
Besides dancing, the Pow Wow included an alumni brunch, a fun run, an egg hunt and a basketball tournament. Next to the dance floor, there were booths selling items such as jewelry, beaded art, animal furs and sweet grass. The powwow will return to MSU next spring for the 44th year