12th Annual Tutxinmepu Pow Wow Scheduled for April 23-24
The University of Idaho Native American Student Association will host the 12th annual Tutxinmepu Pow Wow on Saturday, April 23, and Sunday, April 24, in the Moscow Junior High School gym, 1410 East D St., in Moscow.
A gathering of Northwest Indian tribes, “Tutxinmepu” is a Nez Perce word for “the place where the deer lost their spots,” referring to the Palouse region. The Tutxinmepu Pow Wow welcomes students, and regional and national participants to join in celebrating the traditions and history of the Native American people.
“Pow wows provide a cultural learning experience that helps to bridge the cultural gap between the Native communities and non-native communities,” says Steve Martin, director for the University’s Native American Student Center. “This celebration also increases greater Native American awareness on the University of Idaho campus.
Grand Entry times on Saturday, April 23, begin at noon and 7 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. in the Moscow Junior High cafeteria. Grand Entry on Sunday, April 24, will start at noon.
The host drum will feature Red Hoop from Dresslerville, Nev. Fred Hill Sr. (Yakama, Cayuse, Nez Perce) will be the master of ceremonies; Larry White (Navajo) will serve as the arena director; and Janice Ellenwood (Colville) will serve as head judge. Drum groups can compete in the drum contest for prize money.
The Tutxinmepu Pow Wow will showcase a men’s and women’s team dance special and a chicken dance special. On Saturday afternoon, a Pay and Match one-man hand drum contest will be held. The pow wow also will feature arts and crafts vendors and a raffle. This event is free and open to the public.
“The Tutxinmepu Pow Wow is just one way that the University of Idaho demonstrates its commitment to the Native American communities and our Native American college students,” says Martin. “Hosting this event wih the University of Idaho campus brings a part of our Native American way of living to this campus that allows our Native American students to connect more strongly to this University. The Tutxinmepu Pow Wow also has impact on those prospective Native American college students interested in attending the University of Idaho.”
The University of Idaho Native American Student Association noted appreciation to all of the donors and volunteers who have helped to make this year’s celebration possible.