The modern-day Pow Wow evolved from Grass Dance Societies that formed during the early 1800s. The dances were an opportunity for the warriors to re-enact their brave deeds for all the members of the tribe to witness. The growth of reservations gave rise to the modern Pow Wow, one of the few celebrations allowed during an era when tribal customs and religions were outlawed.
The modern Pow Wow is based on the fundamental values common to Native Americanshonor, respect, tradition and generosity. Along with their families, thousands of singers, dancers, artists and craftspeople follow the Pow Wow Trail all over North America to celebrate their culture.
Major events at a Pow Wow include the Grand Entry, marking the beginning of each session. Dancers line up behind the head veteran, flag carriers, head dancers and the princes from different communities. The head veteran carries the Eagle Staff (the Native American flag) and is responsible for retreating the colors at the end of each session.
Being selected as head veteran is a considerable honor, as is the case with the head dancers (one man and one woman), who lead the dancers into nearly every dance. Photo by Bob Kalmbach
Cabaret also will feature musical direction by Ben Whiteley, who recently finished conducting Cats in New York City; costumes by Nephelie Andonyadis, assistant professor of theatre and drama; and lighting design by Justin R. Burleson. Cabaret, set in a squalid early-1930s Berlin nightclub, has enjoyed enduring popularity since its 1966 debut.
Tickets, $18, $14 and $7, are available 10 a.m.6 p.m. MonFri. at the Michigan League Ticket Office and at the Power Center one hour prior to performance. For more information, call (734) 764-0450.
Wood from the trees is chipped and removed to be used as fuel in power plants. Because it is diseased, it is not suitable for firewood or mulch.
The next step for Grounds and Waste Management staff is to add native grasses and plants that will help to control erosion at the hilly site. Roots from the pine trees also will be left in place to help control erosion.
The stand of trees was near the intersection of Bonisteel and Fuller.
Photo by Britt Halvorson