The University Record, April 9, 2001

Native American traditions celebrated

The 29th Annual Ann Arbor Powwow, ‘Dance for Mother Earth,’ featured more than 1,000 singers and dancers. Artists and craftspeople sold their work at the powwow, which was held March 30 in Crisler Arena.

In 1972, the local Native American community held the first Ann Arbor Powwow in a field just outside of town. Due to the popularity of the event today, Crisler Arena is the site of the gathering of many Native American and First Nation peoples. The powwow offers an opportunity to learn about the numerous traditions of Native American peoples through music, dance, ceremony and art.

The event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association, the U-M chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, the Native American Law Student Association, and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs.

Photos by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services