Educational opportunities abound at American-Indian Powwow

The third annual Traditional American Indian Powwow will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 8 and 9, at the Mount Nittany Middle School, State College. Penn State and the State College Area School District are working together on the project, which is free to the public.

Events and programs will include Indian powwow drums and a host of dancers from reservations and Indian communities in the Dakotas, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kentucky, the Ohio Valley and Canada. Participants will share information about the American-Indian cultures, traditions and history. This year features special performances by Smoke Dancers from the Seneca nation and Hoop Dancers from the Southwest tribal nations. American-Indian traders will sell original beadwork, silver work and a variety of other arts. In addition, an 80-year-old American-Indian storyteller from the Comanche nation will share ancient stories during powwow time. Visitors will be able to sample indigenous foods such as buffalo meat, corn soup and native fry-bread.

This event has earned a national reputation as one of the best American-Indian gatherings in the eastern part of the United States. For more information, visit or contact John Sanchez, powwow coordinator and associate professor of journalism and news media ethics, at or (814) 863-7994.

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Last Updated September 29, 2010