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Eighth Annual Social Pow Wow on March 13 at Willamette University

Kicking off with the grand entry at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, at Willamette's Sparks Center, the Eighth Annual Social Pow Wow celebrates the traditions, history and culture of native peoples.

The Native American Enlightenment Association, Willamette's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Associated Students of Willamette University co-sponsor this popular event to share Native American culture with the Salem community.

Willamette Alumnus Bob Tom will be master of ceremonies, sharing and explaining the traditional dances, regalia, songs and culture of a pow wow. From Southern Oregon, Dancing Spirit is the Host Drum for the event. This year's pow wow also features a women's traditional dance contest, lasting several rounds and challenging participants' skill and stamina.

Over 30 vendors will sell traditional Native American crafts and artwork while others will offer fry bread, buffalo burgers and salmon burgers.

For a dollar, attendees may take part in prize drawings. The grand prize is a Pendleton blanket with a Native American design, valued at $200. Other prizes include hotel packages from Oregon tribal casinos and crafts from participating vendors.

The pow wow will last until 10 p.m. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (503) 370-6265.