|Powwow held for American Indian Awareness Week|
|Friday, 13 April 2012 15:46|
Friday night's grand entry featured a strong drum beat and dozens of dancers in elaborate attire. The director of the university's Center for American Indian Studies says this is a student-run powwow that draws hundreds of people throughout the weekend.
Urla Marcus says, "It's an important event for the campus - one, because they give us a lot of support. They're very supportive of our culture and our students. And also, it provides our students, who are 5 percent of the Black Hills State University population, a chance to share their culture and a chance to share their traditions with not only our campus, but also their community."
The celebration continues Saturday morning with the 27th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run followed by a powwow in the afternoon, a buffalo feed in the evening, and another powwow Saturday night. The final powwow is on Sunday from 12 to 5 at the Young Center Field House.
Julie Oberlander/Dave Kidd