Washington University in St. Louis to host 30th annual powwow

BY STAFF REPORTS
03/06/2020 08:30 AM
ST. LOUIS – The 30th annual powwow at Washington University in St. Louis, a celebration of American Indian cultures, will be held Saturday, April 11, in the Field House at 330 N. Big Bend Blvd.

Grand entries will take place at noon and 6 p.m. Traditional arts and crafts booths and community information booths open at 10 a.m. This event, hosted by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at the Brown School, is free and open to the public. Visitors and participants will be able to enjoy dancing, singing, drumming, arts, crafts and food.

“I believe powwow is about community and coming together to be in a shared space with our friends and relatives. I think with this year’s theme, ‘Indigenize, Revitalize, and Decolonize,’ the community aspect of powwows is especially salient. Living in a Western individual-centric society, coming together and supporting one another in community is a form of decolonizing the spaces we are forced to exist in,” said Buder Scholar Jordan Connell (Cherokee).

This year’s theme also highlights the importance of sovereignty in Indigenous communities.

“The time to recognize our cultures and traditional ways of life is now. We are resilient, intelligent, and wise people that must continue the fight that our ancestors began to keep our Native culture alive for our future generations, particularly our languages,” said Buder Scholar and powwow co-chair Kelley McCall (Cherokee).

The Buder Center, the American Indian Student Association, Missouri Humanities Council, the Women’s Society of Washington University, Acorn Insurance Agency, Automated Election Services, the New Mexico Cherokee Community and the Student Coordinating Council of the Brown School, are sponsoring the Powwow.

For more information, call 314-935-4677, email bcais@wustl.edu, or visit buder.wustl.edu.

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