The Native American tribal community welcomed the beginning of spring last weekend with the 25th Annual “Celebrating Life” Pow wow at Central Michigan University.
“I’ve never seen a culture so proud of their heritage, and it’s exciting to watch as they celebrate their traditions,” Brighton senior Andrea Eaton said. “I am glad I came to this year’s Pow wow before I graduated. It was definitely a cool experience.”
This was Eaton’s first time attending the Pow wow.
Dancers of all ages attended and performed, while students, faculty and staff attended to watch the performances and experience Native American culture.
“I loved watching all the dances and reading in the program how each dance had a symbolic meaning,” Eaton said. “Also, the drum circles were so fascinating, and I was amazed at how each member of the circle was in unison.”
Pow wows feature the singing, dancing and cultural activities of Native American people. Participants wear their regalia, which is traditional Native American clothing. Pow wows were originally hosted in the spring to celebrate the new beginning of life, and today they mark the beginning of a season of dancing as Native Americans travel the nation to show off their heritage.
“It was amazing to be part of such an awesome cultural event,” Coloma freshman Stephanie Radics said. “I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, and CMU gave me the chance.”
Aside from the dancing, attendees also were invited to visit vendors selling traditional crafts and taste traditional Native American foods.