Indigenous Rising: Warriors in Leadership
For Native American women, the election of Davids and Haaland reclaims their ancestral right to leadership in a society that has undermined the power of Indigenous women. The Inter-Tribal Student Association chose to honor these women with Indigenous Rising: Warriors in Leadership as a way to highlight the return of women to their place of leadership.
In Honor of Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women
Historically, for many tribes, women are the heart and backbone of their communities. From colonization to the present, there have been disproportionally higher rates of violence and assault towards indigenous women. Though there is little official collection of data, many families recount stories of missing family members. This year’s theme focused on creating awareness around the widespread problem facing women in indigenous communities.
Be Legendary, Honoring Our Unity: A Tribute to the Northern Ute Tribe
Despite the low number of American Indian students at the U, the opportunity to receive an education creates the responsibility to legendary and give back to their community. Though this year’s Powwow was dedicated to the Northern Ute Tribe, ITSA also wanted to highlight the unity that Native American tribes have demonstrated during recent events, such as the opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Sustaining Our Culture
The term “powwow” originates from a Narragansett word, pau wau. It became an instrumental platform for passing down knowledge such as language, song, dance and medicine. Today, the powwow at the U is an opportunity for tribal members throughout the Intermountain West and others to meet to honor the cultural and religious practices of the American Indian community.This year’s northern host drum was White Bull and the southern host drum was performed by Southern Style.
Sustaining Our Culture
The Sustaining our Culture Powwow is a time for American Indian/Alaskan Native students, faculty, and staff to come together and promote appropriate representation of their culture on campus. Additionally, the Powwow provides an opportunity for the Inter-Tribal Student Association to engage and connect with the larger American Indian/Alaskan Native community in the Wasatch Front. This year’s northern host drum was North Bear, a celebrated drum group from the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Grayhawk, a local Utah group performed the southern host drum.
A Deadly Diagnosis
Commemorating the lives of the victims during the Holocaust, U Remembers reflects on the historical effects of religious discrimination and genocide and pulls parallels from contemporary social issues of today. This year’s theme, “A Deadly Diagnosis”, will explore “how societies assess, label, and treat those diagnosed with disabilities” with Dr. Edith Sheffer, historian and author of “Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna”.
Face Everything And Rise
James L. Farmer, Jr., leader and activist of the Civil Rights Movement, highlighted the true process of social change when he stated, “Anyone who said they weren’t afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn’t shake, but inside I was shaking.” In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and countless others who chose to vacate their comfort zones and stand for a cause, this year’s MLK Week challenges us to redefine the definition of fear and its role in the fight for freedom and equality. As individuals (and a community), we must remember to never be deterred by fear, as it is an essential milestone in successfully combating systematic racism and oppression. This year’s theme will challenge you to redefine, persevere, and overcome the urge to fear everything and run, but rather Face Everything And Rise.
Grounded by Indigenous Love, Resilience in Kinship
April 10 - April 11
In honor of the late Wayne Robert “Bob” Taylor for his dedication over the years as the U of U Pow Wow’s Spiritual Advisor
The University of Utah’s Inter-Tribal Student Association presents the 48th Annual Pow Wow on April 10 & 11 in the Union Ballroom. The term “powwow” originates from a Narragansett word, pau wau. It became an instrumental platform for passing down knowledge such as language, song, dance, and medicine. Today, the Powwow at the U is an opportunity for tribal members throughout the Intermountain West and others to meet to honor the cultural and religious practices of the American Indian community. The ceremonial Grand Entry is a cultural and spiritual tradition where a parade of participants enters the dance circle hosted by northern and southern drummers. Although the Pow Wow is free and open to the public, the organizers encourage attendees to be mindful, respectful and adhere to proper pow wow etiquette.
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