Native American Symposium, Powwow Coming to WSU

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host the second annual Native American Symposium and the 36th Annual Contest Powwow as part of Native American Emphasis Week, April 9-14.

The symposium, which will explore the tapestry of art and life in Native American heritage, will feature a keynote address by Shirley Weight-Silversmith from the Utah State Office of Education. Additional workshop sessions will discuss how to protect the authenticity of genuine native art, the origins and meanings of various native dance styles, and Navajo rugs. Native American artwork also will be on display during the symposium, which will be held April 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Kimball Visual Arts Center. The symposium is free to the public.

On April 14, the 36th Annual Contest Powwow will be held at the Dee Events Center, with grand entries at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The celebration will include Native American arts, food, crafts and dancing. Drum and dance contests will also be held.

The Host Drum is Elk Shoulder from Marty, S.D., the Arena Director is Ben Yazzie (Navajo), emcee is Harold Begay (Navajo), Spiritual Leader is Bob Taylor (Ute), Head Lady Dancer is Miss Indian WSU Alissa Davis (Navajo), and Head Man Dancer will be chosen each session. Registration for dancers will begin at 10 a.m.

Tickets for the event are $3 for adults, $1 for students. Admission is free for senior citizens and children under six.

Native American Emphasis Week and the powwow are presented by WSU’s Native American Council.

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Jeff Simons, Native American Council Advisor

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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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