Drumbeats Return Saturday for 36th Annual SUU Powwow

Published: September 20, 2013 | Read Time: 2 minutes

For the last 36 years hundreds of people have traveled from Canada, New Mexico, Idaho, Colorado and points in between to gather in Paiute Country for the SUU Powwow, and this weekend will be no different.

In celebration of Native American culture and history, the 36th annual SUU Powwow will have representatives from numerous tribes ranging from the Navajo Nation of the American southwest to the Utes of northern Utah on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Practice Fields west of Eccles Coliseum.

Powwows are the Native American people’s way of meeting, gathering, dancing, singing and celebrating their culture. And according to Tina Calamity, Multicultural Center counselor and SUU Powwow organizer, this Powwow is a time to renew old friendships and begin new ones all while celebrating the Native American culture.

“This University is built on Paiute Grounds and has a rich Native American history and this Powwow is a time to celebrate that heritage,” said Calamity. “No matter your ethnicity or heritage, this Powwow is your chance to learn more about the culture that SUU is founded on." 

Calamity went on to say that this is a non-tribal event, and all cultures, creeds, race and ethnicity are welcome to attend the free Powwow. And even though this is powwow will be having singing, dancing and drumming competitions, there will be certain dances and activities anyone can participate in for free.

During the all-day event attendees can enjoy cultural dancing, drumming, singing, Native American vendors selling food, trinkets and clothing, and instruction on the Native American culture.

Though the singing and dancing will begin at 10 a.m. and go throughout the day, the evening segment, from 6-8 p.m. will be T-Bird Time. Adding even more culture experiences, T-Bird Time is also a chance for SUU freshmen to fulfill their diversity component required for their Passport course. Anyone is welcome to attend T-Bird Time.

So, follow the drumbeats Saturday and come and enjoy a cultural experience rich in the traditions that first founded this land. 

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