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Contest Pow-Wow to draw performers from across the nation April 16

RELEASED: March 31, 2011

Boye Ladd
Boye Ladd

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will hold a Contest Pow-Wow April 16. The event will be held in the McPhee Physical Education Center on upper campus. Doors will open at 10 a.m., with grand entries at 12:30 and 6 p.m.

This is the third year UW-Eau Claire will host the competition. According to Odawa White, retention coordinator in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 15-20 American Indian nations were represented in last year's competition.

White describes the event as "a social gathering and celebration of life." According to White, competition pow-wows draw performers from various regions of North America.

"A pow-wow is an event that you must have first-hand experience with in order to gain a deeper understanding of cultural awareness," White said.

The master of ceremonies this year is Boye Ladd, from Black River Falls. Ladd is a member of the Ho-Chunk and Zuni Nations. He utilizes dance and storytelling to teach people about the Native American culture.

This year's host drum is Northern Wind from Lake of the Woods, Ontario, Canada. The group specializes in the song styles of the Ojibwe people. They perform both traditional songs and original compositions.

"At this year's celebration, I expect to hear the best drum groups and see the best dancers in North America," White said.

Points will be awarded for both grand entries and participants must be 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. Prizes for the drum contest will be $2,000 for first place, $1,200 for second place, $850 for third place, $650 for fourth place and $400 for fifth place.

The dance categories are:

  • Golden age: men's and women's combination of all categories.

  • Adult: men's traditional, grass and fancy categories; women's traditional, fancy and jingle categories.

  • Teens: boys' traditional, grass and fancy categories; girls' traditional, fancy and jingle categories.

  • Juniors: boys' traditional, grass and fancy categories; girls' traditional, fancy and jingle 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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