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UW-Eau Claire to Host Traditional Pow-Wow
April 29

RELEASED: April 17, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire celebration of American Indian Awareness Month will end with the "Honoring Education 2006 Traditional Pow-Wow" April 29 in Zorn Arena.

Doors for the annual event will open at 11 a.m., the grand entries will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the feast will begin at 5 p.m.

Admission is $5, which includes the feast. There is no cost for children under age 5 and seniors over age 55.

The annual event provides an opportunity for Native American people to gather and celebrate the importance of their heritage and culture and for UW-Eau Claire to recognize and honor its American Indian alumni. All members of the campus community and surrounding communities are invited to attend and experience an example of Native American culture.

Sonny Smart will serve as master of ceremonies and Bob Blackdeer will be arena director.

The head male dancer will be UW-Eau Claire student Val Salas, Bad River Ojibwe. The head female dancer will be UW-Madison student Nicole Soulier, Bad River Ojibwe.

Pipestone is the host drum. The third annual hand drum competition will take place during the event.

Sponsors of the Pow-Wow include the Native American Student Association, Office of

Multicultural Affairs, American Indian Studies, University Activities Commission, and Housing and Residence Life.

For more information, contact Odawa White, Office of Multicultural Affairs, at (715) 836-5840 or whiteol@uwec.edu.

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JB

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