Central Michigan University will host its 25th Annual Pow wow, one of the most celebrated multicultural events in mid-Michigan, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, and Sunday, March 23, in the CMU Events Center.
“A Pow wow is a Native American gathering where people come to meet, sing and dance,” said Tonya Jackson, a youth empowerment aide for the Tribal Youth Lead department. “Because I was raised going to Pow wows, that’s the way that I raise my children.”
Pow wows feature the singing, dancing and cultural activities of Native American people. Participants wear their regalia, which is traditional Native American clothing. In addition to dancing, there are Native American food and craft vendors at the event.
“I think it’s a great place for people to come out and try our Native American foods and actually learn a little bit about our culture that’s here in Mount Pleasant because our tribe is here,” Jackson said.
CMU has an important partnership with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The university has been known as the Chippewas since 1942.
Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for elders, $5 for youth, and free for SCIT members (with ID), CMU students (with ID) and children under four.
The 25th Annual CMU Pow wow is sponsored by the North American Indigenous Student Organization, Native American Programs office, Office for Institutional Diversity, Central Michigan University and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.
Photographers and videographers are welcome.