2005.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Becky Bohan Brown - University Affairs
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Seventh Annual Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow April 30
OMAHA - Tribal drums will sound on campus at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Saturday, April 30, for the seventh annual UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council Pow Wow. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Sapp Fieldhouse beginning at noon. This year's theme is "Back to Traditions."
Representatives from a variety of tribes will be on hand to promote unity, and provide academic support and awareness through traditional Native-American dance, drum groups and singing. The featured dance group for the event is the "Chomari" Ballet Folklorico Mexicano.
"They [Chomari] are our indigenous relatives from the Omaha area who will present a special dance presentation, as well as dance with us in the grand entry," said Sharif Liwaru, cultural awareness programs/organizations adviser at UNO.
Registration for participating dancers and vendors will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the grand entry at noon. The princess contest will start at 1:30 p.m. All young women ages 12 to 18 are invited to register. The reigning UNO Princess is November Fiscus, a sophomore at Boys and Girls Town High School in Omaha. Day money will be paid to the dancers. The first four registered drums will receive $100.
Dinner will be served at the Milo Bail Student Center Food Court at 3:30 p.m., and elders will be served in the arena. Staff and dancers for the event are from the Omaha/Council Bluffs and local region of Native America. All dancers and drummers are welcome.
The event will feature the following individuals:
Head man dancer – Larry Wright Jr. (Northern Ponca);
Head woman dancer – Ella Alexander (Omaha);
Reigning princess – November Fiscus (Winnebago);
Host Southern drum – Omaha Standing Eagle (Mitchell Sheridan – Omaha);
Host Northern drum – Bad Earth (O.C. Earth – Winnebago);
Master of Ceremonies – Donald "Bucky" Pilcher;
Color Guard – Iowa Intertribal Color Guard VFW 11355 (led by Commander Prentiss Wells); and
Arena Director – Michael Pickell (Inuit).
Event sponsors include the Nebraska Arts Council, the UNO Inter-Tribal Student Council, the UNO Native American Studies Program and the UNO Office of Student Organizations and Leadership Programs.
For more information, contact Carolyn K. Fiscus at (402) 554-3987 or Stephanie Jones at email@example.com.
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