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2008 Dartmouth Pow-Wow coming up May 10-11

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 05/08/08 • Media Contact: Latarsha Gatlin • (603) 646-3661

Dartmouth Pow-Wow
The 2008 Dartmouth Pow-Wow takes place on the Dartmouth Green Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11 (photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

Organized by the student group Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD), the 36th Annual Dartmouth Pow-Wow will take place on the Dartmouth Green on Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, with the Grand Entry taking place at noon on both days. In case of rain, the event will move to Thompson Arena.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Saturday, May 10

  • 12:00pm - Grand Entry
  • 1:30pm - Storytelling by Ralph Watah (Klamath Falls, OR)
  • 2:00pm - Will Martin '08 Honoring
  • 3:00pm - Potato Dance Special
  • 4:00pm - Hand Drum Special
  • 4:30pm - Honoring Uriel Barrera-Vasquez '98
  • 5:30pm - Retire the Colors
  • 6:30pm - Community Dinner with Social Dancing

Sunday, May 11

  • 12:00pm - Grand Entry
  • 12:30pm - Mother's Day Honoring
  • 1:30pm - Head Man/Lady Specials
  • 3:00pm - Senior Honoring
  • 5:30pm - Retire the Colors

The Dartmouth Pow-Wow serves to honor and celebrate Native cultures and is important for many members of the Dartmouth community. One of New England's largest Pow-Wows, the event is expected to draw more than 2,000 Native people and other participants who come from across the nation to sing, dance, offer prayer and share traditional arts, crafts and food.

Student organizer Kalina L. Newmark, '11, says planning and organizing for the event began during the fall term but sped up in the spring and winter months. As a newcomer to the College, the annual Pow Wow was the perfect opportunity for her to explore her interest in advocacy work.

"My future goal is to become a lawyer and advocate for Native American interests," said Newmark. "I thought it was a good leadership role in my first step in coming to Dartmouth."

This year's event will feature two new activities, a potato dance and a hand-drum competition. It will also feature the Occom Pond Singers, a group of Dartmouth Native students and faculty, and an honoring for mothers on Sunday - Mother's Day - at 12:30 p.m.

Also new this year, NAD students have invited Abraham Holland '08, a military veteran, to join Native veterans of military service in the presentation of flags and eagle staffs during the Grand Entry. "Veterans have esteemed roles in Native communities," says Cara Wallace '03, acting director of the Native American Program, which supports NAD. "Students in NAD wanted to reach out to a non-Native veteran."

Dartmouth's first Pow-Wow occurred in 1973, during the presidency of John G. Kemeny, who rededicated the College to its historic mission of educating Native students. Today, there are more 100 Native undergraduate students at Dartmouth, and the Native American Studies department is consistently regarded as one of the nation's best.  

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