Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
ANN ARBOR Forty years after a small group of American Indian students and community members founded what became an annual powwow, this weekend's "Dance for Mother Earth" Powwow was a huge success.
American Indian drummers and dancers from throughout the Great Lakes region, including First Nations from neighboring Canada, filled the high school's gymnasium.
Bunky Echo-Hawk, Pawnee/Yakama
Family and friends spilled outside the high school yard across from Michigan Stadium, which is affectionately called the "Big House," on the last weekend of winter. People sat on the grass in unseasonably high temperatures that felt more like summer than winter. Many who have not seen each other during the long winter months greeted one another with enthusiasm.
Nike N7 artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, Pawnee/Yakama, painted a picture during Grand Entry on Saturday afternoon to the delight of the large crowd. He donated the picture to the Native American Student Association of the University of Michigan, which organized the successful powwow.
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