Powwow set for April 10 and 11; volunteers needed

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State and the State College Area School District (SCASD) are hosting a traditional American Indian powwow celebration on April 10 and 11, at the Mount Nittany Middle School in State College, Pa. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. The Powwow Committee is looking for volunteers to assist with the logistical aspects of the event. Volunteers are needed for set up, work in the American Indian Kitchen, errands/supplies/facilities, take-down and various other duties. In addition the powwow is working with a tribal school on the Cheyenne Indian River reservation on a book drive to add new books to their very small school library -- volunteers will be asked for help with this book drive.

A volunteer orientation meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 27, in room 104 of the Rackley Building on Penn State's University Park campus. Those who are interested in volunteering should send an e-mail to volunteer coordinator Bruce Teeple at mongopawn44@hotmail.com or powwow coordinator John Sanchez at (814) 863-7993 or apache@psu.edu.

The American Indian traditional powwow is a contemporary social gathering and celebration of community featuring American Indian drum music and songs, Native American dance, and Native American foods, as well as American Indian vendors showing and selling their arts and crafts. This year the powwow will recognize and honor WWII veterans -- the public is asked to help identify WWII veterans, native and non-native, for this special tradition.

Last year's powwow featured more than 150 native dancers from as far away as New Mexico, Canada and South Dakota. In addition, more than 6,000 people visited to sample American Indian foods, buy items from native vendors and observe traditional American Indian dancers and singers.

For more information, visit http://www.powwow.psu.edu/ online or visit the "New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional Powwow" page on facebook. To see a short video of events at a previous powwow, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PApK-aHsSoI online.

Last Updated February 09, 2010