Music Professor Ron Pond put on a show incorporating traditional music from drums and dance from his students. Senor Tara West, who is a student of Pond, said “I think this is a great opportunity to get people involved in the Native American culture.” Pond was bringing awareness to the crowd of people in the mall about The Powwow celebration coming up.
This is the 33rd annual Pah Loots Pu Powwow Celebration which will be held in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum April 19, with Grand Entries at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday and a Veterans’ Special at 9 p.m..
The Host Drum will be Rose Creek, from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The celebration will also bring in Arena Director Amos Pond, and emcees Soy RedThunder and Dave BrownEagle. Judy Farrow will be the Whip Woman.
Featuring an emphasis on veterans and education, there will be a ceremony at 2 p.m. honoring graduating students in addition to the Veterans’ Special at 9 p.m.
During the day, there will also be dance and drum competitions, the honoring of WSU alumnus Ben Pease and the crowning of Miss Pah Loots Pu Queen 2008.
Natives and non-natives alike have come together for the Powwow at Washington State University since 1975 to enjoy and celebrate indigenous culture. Sponsored by the Associated Students of WSU Ku-Au-Mah, Native American Women’s Association and the Native American Alliance among other groups and organizations, the Powwow has served as a unifying outlet for the traditional and spiritual facets of all inter-tribal students, friends and families.
Admission is free and is open to the public.
For more information, contact Jonathan Hamilton at 509-335-8676.