Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, March 16, 2012

40th annual powwow convenes Saturday and Sunday

Thousands of people from the United States and Canada will gather this weekend for the 40th annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow.

The event, one of the largest university powwows in the nation, takes place Saturday and Sunday at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. Doors open to the public each day at 10:30 a.m., with grand entries at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday, and noon on Sunday.

Hosted by the U-M Native American Student Association, the powwow provides a gathering place for Native Americans to celebrate and share their culture with one another, and for others who are interested in learning about the country’s strong indigenous heritage.

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These photos capture moments from the 2009 Dance for Mother Earth Powwow.