The Native American Student Association held its fall “Celebration of the People” powwow Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Texas State University-San Marcos.
The powwow, which promotes Native American culture and diversity on the Texas State campus, ran from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. in the Student Center amphitheatre. The event was free and open to the public.
The theme this year was Honoring Forgotten Warriors, to recognize the veteran community on campus—including dozens of veterans who also happen to be Native American. A digital exhibition of the Combat Paper Project will be on view at the Veteran Alliance at Texas State information table. More information may be found online at www.combatpaper.org
Two drums will perform this year. The southern drum Bull Creek, led by Nico Peña, and northern drum Eagle Point, led by Robbie Bass, are two highly recognized groups well known at powwows across the United States. Richard Waller, a well-known northern-style powwow singer from Seattle also attended. Other events included storytelling and flute playing.
Many local and regional vendors will offer handmade Native American arts and crafts as part of the event.
Tribes represented at the powwow will include Kiowa, Lipan Apache, Comanche, Lakota, Dakota, Choctaw, Paiute, Northern Cherokee, Chickasaw, Potawatomi, Creek, Sans Arc, Caddo, Delaware, Zuni, Huron, Hawaiian and Aztec.
The powwow is sponsored by the Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Multicultural Student Affairs, Multicultural Programming Committee, Fourwinds Intertribal Council, Inc., Coca Cola, and the Cornucopia Health Food Store.