Dance for Mother Earth Powwow at Crisler Center
This 41st annual event comes to Ann Arbor, April 6-7, 2013. Families can celebrate the planet and Native American culture!
Native American tribes come together at the Crisler Center for the 41st annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow, April 6-7, 2013. It's one of the largest student-run powwows in the country. More than 1,000 singers, dancers, artists and craftspeople travel to the annual event that serves to strengthen Native American culture.
Looking for a great way to bring history to life? Load the family up and head out to check out a real life powwow. Fully immerse the kids in the sights and sounds of Native American tradition – and bring a three-dimensional experience to class work.
Each day begins with a drum roll call, followed by a grand entry before competitions begin.
Traditional song and drumming set the stage for dancers dressed in handmade regalia. Regalia, the dancers' outfits, are never referred to as costumes. They are clothing made by the dancer and his or her family members. Each piece of clothing designed to personally reflect the dancer and oftentimes their clan.
A total of six dance categories are judged over the course of the weekend. The dances for men include Traditional, Grass and Fancy. Women compete in Traditional, Jingle Dress and Fancy Shawl. A special Tiny Tots competition takes place on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. for newborn-6 year olds.
All that activity will kick in the munchies monster. Good thing you're covered. Chances are even picky eaters will want to try an Indian Taco. Made from traditional Indian fry bread and topped with beans, meat, shredded cheese and sour cream, it's a delicious treat they'll be sure to enjoy.
Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and under. Family passes for $25 includes two adults and three children.
Doors open to the public at 10:30 a.m. both days, followed by a drum roll call at 11:30 a.m. and grand entry at noon. Intertribal dancing begins at 1 p.m. and contests begin at 2 p.m. Saturday's grand exit takes place at 10:30 p.m. Sunday wraps up at 5:15 p.m. with contest winners announced at 6 p.m.
See the Metro Parent listing for more on the 41st annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.