Honoring Education Powwow set for Nov. 5

| Judy Berthiaume

UW-Eau Claire will host its annual Honoring Education Powwow Saturday, Nov. 5, in Zorn Arena.

The doors will open to Zorn Arena at 11 a.m., the Grand Entries of dancers begin at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and the feast will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets, available at the door, are $3 for UW-Eau Claire students with a Blugold ID and for students 18 and younger, and $4 for others who are 18 and older. Admission is free for children under 5 and adults over 55.

Presented each year through the Office of Multicultural Affairs as an integral part of Native American Heritage Month, the powwow is a celebration of culture that bridges the customs and stories of the past with the energy and vitality of 21st-century Native American people from the UW-Eau Claire campus and the community.

Music, song, dance, food and storytelling will bring together indigenous people as well as the greater community in a day of socializing and visiting with family and friends.

Like many campus events, the powwow is successful thanks to the efforts of students who work behind the scenes for months in planning and also volunteering on the day of the event. In recent years, the number of student volunteers for each powwow has been close to 50, typically a fairly even mix of native and non-native students.

The powwow is a social gathering that brings people together to dance, sing and socialize in a way that helps to preserve Native American heritage and the culture.

While the day is a significant for the indigenous peoples in the community, it also is an opportunity for members of the greater community to learn more about Native American culture and heritage.

For details about the powwow, contact Odawa White in the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 715-836-4903.

The powwow is one of many events planned on campus this month is celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

Information about other Native American Heritage Month events can be found on the UW-Eau Claire Calendar of Events.