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34th Annual Celebrating Life Pow wow

Multiple indigenous dancers adorned in colorful regalia dancing fancy dance style.

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 and singing have been very important parts 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 indigenous people of traditional ways and rich heritage and still hold special meaning.

Grand Entries:

  • Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19 at 12:00 p.m.
  • Doors open to the public at 11:00 a.m.


  • General Entry (11+) $7
  • Children (10 and under) Free
  • SCIT members (w/ID) Free
  • CMU Students (w/ID) Free
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Location: McGuirk Arena
300 E. Broomfield Road
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
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Sponsor: Native American Programs
Contact: Colleen Green, Director, Native American Programs 989-774-2508
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