Dance for Mother Earth Powwow to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

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The University of Michigan is gearing up for the 50th annual “Dance for Mother Earth” Powwow, a vibrant celebration of Native American traditions, set to take place on March 23-24 at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor.

Organized by the Native American Student Association (NASA) in collaboration with the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI), this event will draw hundreds of Native American dancers, singers, drummers and artists. The Powwow provides a spectacular showcase of performances and crafts, offering attendees an immersive experience of the rich cultural heritage of Native American communities.

Guests will experience traditional drumming rhythms, the masterful footwork of dancers, and the beauty of Native American songs. In addition to the performances, the Powwow will provide educational exhibitions and storytelling sessions, allowing attendees to deepen their understanding of Native American traditions. In addition, one of the event’s highlights is the array of vendors and craftspeople offering authentic Native American jewelry, textiles, crafts and traditional foods.

“As we celebrate this milestone of the 50th Powwow event at the University of Michigan, it’s important that we recognize the importance of cultivating an impactful relationship between Native communities and the University of Michigan,” says Hector Galvan, Assistant Director for OAMI and program coordinator of the Powwow. “The success of this event is due to the support of the Native faculty, staff, students, and community members that bring the Powoww to life.”

person dancing in colorful native clothing.The “Dance for Mother Earth” Powwow, originating in 1972, has grown to become one of the largest university Powwows in the nation. In 1976, the Native American Student Association (NASA), primarily comprised of undergraduate students, was established and began contributing to this annual celebration.

Open to the public, this milestone event honors the past and celebrates the present while nurturing the continuing vibrant spirit of the Powwow for future generations.

The Powwow welcomes attendees of all ages, with tickets available at the door. Special discounts are offered for students and seniors. For detailed information about the event, including a schedule of performances and activities, interested individuals can visit

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