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Last update: 4/3/08

[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 3, 2008

Traditional Pow-Wow coming to UW-Green Bay campus

Photo: Dancer at the 2007 Pow Wow at UW-Green Bay.

Schedule of Events

Noon - Doors open

1 p.m. - Grand entry (song and dance with performers in full, traditional regalia)

3 p.m. - Ceremony honoring education the First Nations major

4 p.m. - Musician Wade Fernandez

5 p.m. - Feast (at the neighboring Ecumenical Center provided by M & J's Traditional Catering)

7 p.m. - Second grand entry

10 p.m. - Event closes

GREEN BAY-The Kress Events Center on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus will host a traditional Native American Pow-Wow from noon until 10 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend this free event, which will feature Native American dancers, drummers, food, traditional clothing regalia and craft items for sale.

Usually, more than a dozen Native American Nations are represented at the Pow-Wow. Last year's event had 17 tribes represented.

For this 16th annual Pow-Wow, everyone will have an opportunity to participate in the dancing. The Pow-Wow sponsored by the UW-Green Bay Intertribal Student Council, the American Intercultural Center and the Office of Student Life centers around song, dance and family.

"The intertribal Pow-Wow is the largest intercultural event that happens on campus," said sophomore Angi Moon, secretary of the Intertribal Student Council. "It gives everyone the opportunity to learn about Native Americans in the northeastern Wisconsin area."

The event will feature close to 250 traditional dancers and at least five drums. Nicole Larsen and Nevada Webster are the head dancers. The host drum is Gil'taa'se. Dan King is the master of ceremonies and the arena director is John Teller, Jr. Honor Guards include Mohican veterans, Oneida veterans and Veterans of the Menominee Nation.

Musician, songwriter and recording artist Wade Fernandez, of the Menominee Nation Tribe, will entertain on his guitar by playing a set of modern music enriched with traditional Native American themes, beats and melodies. Fernandez has performed across the country and in Canada.

A special ceremony will also honor education and the University's First Nations major.

Visitors should follow the signs to the Kress Events Center when they arrive on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Parking is free for the event.

For more information, contact the UW-Green Bay Intertribal Student Council at (920) 465-2720.

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