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Honoring Diversity Contest Pow-Wow set for April 17

RELEASED: April 12, 2010

dancer imageEAU CLAIRE — The Honoring Diversity Contest Pow-Wow will take place April 17 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The event, to be held on the McPhee Courts on upper campus, opens at 10 a.m., with dance and drum competitions at noon and 6 p.m.

This is the second year UW-Eau Claire will host a competition pow-wow. The event is expected to draw more than 1,000 visitors, including some of the best drums in the nation, according to event coordinator Odawa White, UW-Eau Claire Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Members of many different tribes will be in Eau Claire to celebrate their heritage and culture. Many participants know each other from other intertribal gatherings, resulting in a festive, supportive and celebratory atmosphere. The pow-wow draws Native Americans from various regions of North America.

"Kids will definitely have a good time," said White. "Everyone is welcome to dance and there will be opportunities to interact with first nation people of many different cultures."

For this type of pow-wow, elements of traditional Native American culture are adapted from different regions of North America, resulting in a diverse and spectacular display of traditional dress and tribe-specific symbolism. The UW-Eau Claire Native American Student Association will sell fry bread tacos and fry bread.

Grand entries will be at noon and 6 p.m., with a dinner break at 5 p.m. Dylan Prescott of Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi descent, will serve as master of ceremonies. Bobby Bird Sr. will serve as arena director.

A point system will be used in the contest. Contestants must be at grand entries in full regalia to be eligible for prize money.

Prizes in the golden age (50 and older) and adult (ages 18-49) divisions will be $300 for first place, $175 for second place, $100 for third place and $75 for fourth place. Prizes in the teen (ages 13-17) division will be $125 for first place, $100 for second place, $75 for third place and $50 for fourth place. Prizes in the junior (ages 6-12) division will be $100 for first place, $75 for second place, $50 for third place and $25 for fourth place.

Following are the dance categories:

  • Golden age: men's and women's categories.
  • Adults: men's fancy, grass and traditional categories; women's fancy, jingle and traditional categories.
  • Teens: boys' fancy, grass and traditional categories; girls' fancy, jingle and traditional categories.
  • Juniors: boys' fancy, grass and traditional categories; girls' fancy, jingle and traditional categories.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 with a Blugold ID and free for children under 5 and seniors over 55.

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

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