18th Annual Spring Pow Wow sponsored by SFCC Red Nations Student Association
Posted: 5/6/2015 1:05:25 PM

Spokane Falls Community College will be hosting the 18th Annual Spring Pow Wow on May 15-16 in the SFCC gymnasium. Dancers and drummers will be participating from Washington, Montana, Oregon, Idaho and Canada.

A pow wow is a Native American tradition that brings together dancing, singing, drumming and feasting. The event begins with a grand entry in which the flags of all participating tribes are brought in along with drumming. 

“At Spokane Falls Community College, we know that the land on which we sit was Native American land long before it was claimed by Europeans. We hope that, by honoring its Native past and recognizing the sometimes tragic use of this land against our Native American communities, continuing reconciliation occurs,” said Janet Gullickson, president of SFCC.

On May 15, the first grand entry is at 7 p.m. with dancing events continuing until midnight. On May 16, the second grand entry begins at 12 p.m., dancing will continue until the dinner break at 5 p.m., followed by the third grand entry at 7 p.m. with the dancing again until midnight. Salmon, fry bread and other delicacies will be offered at 5 p.m. on May 16 in the SFCC cafeteria in the Student Union Building.

The pow wow is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The Red Nations Student Association has done fundraising throughout the community, including area tribes in Washington, Montana, Idaho and Oregon, to be able to provide cash prizes for the dance contestants and the visiting drum groups.

The master of ceremonies for this event is Randy Bowen. Host drum will be Dry Lake, from Fort Belknap Reservation and are Assiniboine-Gros Ventre tribal members. The head male dancer will be Dan Nanamkin from Inchelium and the Colville tribe. The head female dancer will be Darlena Watt from Omak and the Colville Tribe.

There are many dance categories in men and women’s, teen boys and girls and junior boys and girls. With all age groups representing many types of dances such as Traditional, Fancy, Jingle and Grass. There will be vendors of arts and crafts booths featuring area artists and businesses.

Additionally, on May 16 at 3 p.m., there will be a Native American graduation ceremony for all graduates in the community, including college, high school and GED graduates. Shane Garcia, counselor at the Native Project, will be doing the opening blessing and the procession. The Native project is a nonprofit health and wellness clinic in Spokane. David Browneagle, Spokane Tribal member and Spokane Public School District teacher, will be the keynote speaker. This program will take place in the SFCC Student Union Building in the lobby.

For more information, please contact Pam Austin of SFCC Multicultural Student Services at 509-533-4331.

Posted: 5/6/2015 1:05:25 PM by Global Administrator
Tags: PressRelease, SFCC
Share this story
Share on Facebook Tweet us Email us