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Dance for Mother Earth Powwow returns to U-M's Crisler Center

  • Contact Deborah Greene, (734) 763-4008,


DATE: 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. April 6 and 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. April 7, 2013

EVENT: The 41st annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow will host 200 dancers, 10 drums and more than 40 vendors and artisans to celebrate Native American cultures and languages, traditions and foods from around the U.S. and Canada.

According to USA Today, Dance for Mother Earth is one of the "10 great places to be wowed by American Indian culture." The Ann Arbor Powwow is a celebratory and educational family-friendly event that is now one of the largest university powwows in the nation.

Rooted in traditional Native cultures, Dance for Mother Earth was founded by a small group of U-M Native American students and community members to celebrate and honor the sacred relationships between the people and the planet.

Highlights of the 2013 Powwow include dance specials for the traditional men's category, in which participants connect to the traditional ways through movement. Everyone in attendance will be invited to join the noncompetitive, informal two-step social dance special. An honor song in memory of Native American veteran Art Brant, head of Powwow security for many years, will commemorate his decades-long leadership and dedication to Dance for Mother Earth.

PLACE: U-M Crisler Center, 333 E. Stadium Blvd., Ann Arbor

INFORMATION: Ticket, parking and dancer registration information can be found at Twitter: @UmichPowwow

SPONSORS: U-M Native American Student Association, Office of the Senior Vice Provost, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice President for Global Communications and Strategic Initiatives, School of Information, Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives, Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs & Trotter Multicultural Center, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Center for Educational Outreach; U-M Central Student Government