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​​Central Michigan University's​ 

31st Annual "Celebrating Life" Pow wow

March 21 & 22, 2020

John G. Kulhavi Events Center

McGuirk Arena

Mount Pleasant Campus

300 E Broomfield, Mt Pleasant, Michigan, 48859

​​  Grand Entries:

Saturday – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday – 12 Noon

Doors open to public at 11 a.m.

One of the best ways to experience Native American culture is at a Pow wow. Pow wows are the Native American people’s way of coming together to dance, sing, visit, share handmade crafts, make new friendships, and renew old ones.


Dancing & singing have been a very important part of Native American culture. As various tribes came together, they would share songs and dances with one another. Many songs today are sung in “vocables” with no words although there are still newly composed or revivals of old songs that are sung in Native American Languages. “Vocables” were used to replace the words of old songs so that singers from different tribes could join. The songs heard at a pow wow are reminders to the Indian people of their old ways and rich heritage and still hold special meaning to those that know them.


Most dances seen at Pow wows today are social dances which might have had different meanings in earlier days. Although dance styles and content have changed, their meaning and importance has not. The outfits or regalia’s worn by the dancers, like the styles of clothing today evolve over time, it is not a stagnant culture, but a vibrant and changing way of life. -www.powwows.com


General Entry (11 years old and above)  - $7

SCIT members (with I.D.) - Free

CMU students (with I.D.) - Free

Children (10 years and under) - Free

Head Veteran - TBD

Master of Ceremonies -​ TBD

Host Drum - TBD

Arena Director - TBD

Head Male Judge - TBD

Head Female Judge - TBD


Drum Contest -
1st $4,000
2nd $3,000
3rd $2,000
4th $1,000

Hand Drum Contest -
1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $100

Youth (JR) Dance Contest (6 to 11) -
1st $200
2nd $150
3rd $100

Teen Dance Contest (12 to 17) -
1st $300
2nd $250
3rd $200

Adult Dance Contest (18 to 49) -
1st $500
2nd $400
3rd $300

Golden Age Dance Contest (50 & up) -
1st $500
2nd $400
3rd $300

Committee Dance Special
1st $500
2nd $300
3rd $100