14th Annual Tutxinmepu Pow Wow Bridges Cultural Gaps March 30-31

Monday, March 25 2013


MOSCOW, Idaho - The University of Idaho will celebrate the 14th annual Tutxinmepu Pow Wow on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31 at the Moscow Junior High School gym, 1410 E. D Street in Moscow, Idaho.

For the past 13 years, the University of Idaho Tutxinmepu Pow Wow has served as a celebration of Native American heritage and as a recruitment, business and communication tool for students. The pow wow also serves as a cultural learning experience for non-Native students where they can experience Native American customs and culture first hand.

“Hosting this celebration for 14 years demonstrates the university’s appreciation for Native American tribes in this region and beyond,” said Steven Martin, director for the University of Idaho’s Native American Student Center. “We understand that our campus needs continuous education about tribal communities and ways, and the pow wow helps bring that knowledge to campus yearly.”

This year’s head staff will include Iron Horse as the host drum, Master of Ceremony Hal Eagletail of Alberta, Canada, Keith Heavyrunner as the Arena Director, and Janice Ellenwood will serve as the head judge. Both Heavyrunner and Ellenwood are from Lapwai, Idaho. The Nez Perce Color Guard will present the flags.

“Pow wows provide a cultural learning experience that helps to bridge the cultural gap between the Native communities and non-native communities,” said Martin. “This celebration also increases greater Native American awareness on the University of Idaho campus.”

Grand Entry times will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 and at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. The Native American Student Association invites all guests to the appreciation dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday. An Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Sunday morning for all of the youth.

Dance specials will include Women’s Fancy Dance and a Men’s Fancy Dance in honor of Kenneth Wayne Pete Jr., a graduating Native American senior. These dance specials are sponsored by the Native American Student Center. The event also will feature a pay and match hand drum contest. All registered drums receive day pay.

The Tutxinmepu Pow Wow is hosted by the Native American Student Association and is free and open to the public. The Tutxinmepu Pow Wow welcomes arts and crafts to be sold by local vendors at the event. For more information about pow wow, contact Steve Martin by phone (208) 885-4237.
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