Powwow at Beasley Coliseum April 1 and 2

The 31st annual Pah Loots Pu Powwow Celebration will be held in the Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum April 1 – 2, with Grand Entries at noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public.

Natives and non-natives alike have come together for the Powwow at WSU since 1975 to enjoy and celebrate indigenous culture. Sponsored by the Associated Students of Washington State University Ku-Au-Mah, Native American Women’s Association and the Native American Alliance, the Powwow has served as a unifying outlet for the traditional and spiritual facets of all inter-tribal students, friends and families.

The Pah Loots Pu honors students and pays tribute to the radiance and diversity of Native heritage. “To Powwow is to acknowledge indigenous existence … This is indigenous land no matter who labels, maps or renames …we will continue to Powwow!” said Jody Pepion, a WSU graduate student.

This year’s Host Drum will be Northern Cree, a legendary group of drummers and singers known throughout Indian Country and abroad. They will record their next CD live from the Pah Loots Pu Celebration. The celebration will also bring in Arena Director Gabby Corral, and Emcees Fred Hill Sr. and Francis Calluyah.

Featuring an emphasis on education, there will be ceremonies honoring alumni and graduating students. In addition to the dance and drum competitions there will also be recognition for the retiring royalty and crowning of the newly appointed Miss Pah Loots Pu 2006.

One of the largest WSU student-run events, the Powwow will consist of Native American dancing, drumming, food, arts and crafts. Guest speakers and other multicultural entertainment will be showcased in the three sessions. Patrons will also be able to buy raffle tickets for many donated and hand crafted prizes.

For further information please contact Mike Lukens at (509) 335-8676.

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