Willamette University, Students at the Mill Stream

Social Pow Wow and Lu'au anchor WU spring event lineup

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Willamette's student Native American Enlightenment Association (NAEA) presents its Eleventh Annual Social Pow wow on March 9.

The Grand Entry begins at 4 p.m. in Sparks Athletic Center's Cone Fieldhouse. Admission to the family-friendly activity is free, and many of the dances are open for all.

The evening, which will conclude at 10 p.m., will feature an exhibition of specific dance styles, a men’s grass-dance contest and intertribal dances that allow everyone to participate.

There will be a variety of vendors on site, ranging from artwork and jewelry to the popular frybread booth. Attendees may also purchase raffle tickets, with a Pendleton blanket as the grand prize.

Victoria Novitsky Black Horse ’13, president of the NAEA, expects more than 1,000 people to attend the event. She says there are many ways to participate — as a dancer, a drum group, a vendor or a curious person who wishes to engage in different cultures.

“Willamette students, faculty and the general public should attend this Pow wow to not only support Willamette and the Native community, but to really experience a Pow wow, try something new and learn about another culture,” Black Horse says.

Bob Tom, who attended Willamette in the ’50s, is the Pow wow’s emcee, and Dietz Peters is the arena director. The host drum is Fort Peck Ramblerz.

For additional information, call Willamette’s Office of Multicultural Affairs Office at (503) 370-6265.


Lu'au comes in April; planners seek alumni involvement

Fire dancing, traditional Hawaiian food and student dancers were among the highlights of the last lu‘au; on April 20, the festivities and education will return.

Students from the Hawaii Club have worked for months to plan and execute the popular event, a longstanding tradition that shares Hawaiian culture with the Willamette and Salem communities.

This year’s theme will be Pili Hanauna (“We Are Family”). Organizers are reaching out to alumni, in Hawaii and elsewhere, who might be able to contribute their ideas, time or even fond memories -- if you would like to get involved with the program, email Matt Murakami '15 at mmurakam@willamette.edu.

Look for more details about the event next month.