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U-M to host 32nd annual Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow

Area families will have the rare opportunity to experience authentic Native American cultural activities, including champion dance and drum competitions and exhibits by dozens of award-winning Native American artists, at the Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow, March 27-28 at Crisler Arena.
Rodney Loonsfoot and Bill Martin carry the eagle flag and staff during a grand entry at last year's Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow. Martin served as head veteran at the 2003 Pow Wow and will repeat that duty March 27-28. (Photo by Martin Vloet, U-M Photo Services)

"Every year, students and staff here at the University of Michigan work very hard to carry on the rich tradition of this event in honor of those who have gone before us and with thoughts of those to follow us," says Steven Abbott, coordinator of this year's Pow Wow and Native American coordinator of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. "It is a time of community, of family, of celebration and of education."

Now in its 32nd year, the Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow, an alcohol- and substance-free event, will offer traditional foods and crafts for purchase by the public. Thousands of competitors, artists, vendors and spectators are expected to travel to Ann Arbor for the festivities.

The doors open at 10:30 a.m. March 27, followed by ceremonial grand entries at noon and 7 p.m. Activities continue until 10 p.m. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. March 28, followed by the grand entry at noon. The Pow Wow closes at 5 p.m.

For ticket information, call the Michigan Union Ticket Office at (734) 763-TKTS (763-8587). Group rates and family passes are available.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Native American Student Association, the U-M Chapter of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Native American Law Student Association, Native American Public Health Association, Native American Business Student Association, Native American Programming Task Force, and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, a division of Student Affairs.

For more information, call the U-M Pow Wow Hotline at (734) 647-6999 or Steven Abbott at (734) 763-9044, or e-mail

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