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USU Hosts 47th Annual Pow Wow 'Echoing Traditional Ways'

Utah State University's Native American Cultural Center and the Native American Student Council have announced the return of the 47th Annual “Echoing Traditional Ways” Pow Wow, scheduled to take place on April 6 at the USU Nelson Fieldhouse.

Stacie Denetsosie, the Student Leadership and Development Program coordinator at NACC, expressed the significance of the event, stating: “The ‘Echoing Traditional Ways’ Pow Wow is one of USU’s longest-standing traditions. We welcome the public to join us in this celebration of Native American cultures and tradition, and to enjoy a delicious Navajo taco and frybread.”

After a brief hiatus due to the pandemic, the Pow Wow returns as a one-day event, spearheaded by NASC and NACC, with plans to resume its two-day format in 2025.

“Pow Wow is the lifeblood of the Native community,” NASC Secretary Kris Pfeiffer said. “It brings us together and bridges the gap between Natives and non-Natives alike. The USU Pow Wow has always been a place for me where I feel at home and belong.”

The Pow Wow will feature competitive dancing and drum circle singing, with a $1,500 winner-take-all drum contest. Dance categories include golden age, traditional, grass, fancy, jingle, and tiny-tots hosted by Miss American Indian USU. Special events include a women’s graduation special hosted by Kyra Johns and a head man special hosted by Makiya Denny.

Pow wows, traditionally observed in the spring, symbolize the new beginning of life.

There’s deep meaning behind the vibrant display of dance, music, and regalia, according to Denetsosie.

“The pow wow preserves a deep, lasting sense of family, pride and tradition,” Denetsosie said. “Behind the display of dance, music and vibrant regalia is sacred meaning.”

The head staff for the event includes Head Man Makiya Denny; Head Woman Emily Kimbrough, who is also Miss American Indian USU; Master of Ceremonies Eric Watchman; Arena Director Jacob Crane; and Host Drum Scout Society.

Grand entry is scheduled for noon and 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the USU Nelson Fieldhouse. Parking is available in the Big Blue Parking Terrace and the University Inn parking lot, both located just east of the Fieldhouse. Admission to the event is free, and all are encouraged to attend this celebration of culture and tradition.


Stacie Denetsosie
International Orientation Program Coordinator
Student Orientation and Transition Services
(435) 797-0574


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