Family Events Dance for Mother Earth Powwow at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor The annual celebration returns for another year of cultural dance and performances April 1-2, 2017 at Skyline High School. « Previous Next » Amanda Rahn • March 24, 2017 1 Comment Total: 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 Come out for an incredible display of culture and tradition at the 45th annual Dance for Mother Earth Powwow at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor on April 1-2, 2017. Powwows are a Native American tradition in which members of the community dress in traditional outfits, like headdresses and intricately beaded regalia, and partake in singing, dancing and performing. The powwow is also a time to honor native culture and socialize with the community. The Dance for Mother Earth Powwow is hosted by the University of Michigan’s Native American Student Association and will feature drummers, dancers and storytellers. Another important part of the event is the grand entry, when a procession led by a member carrying the Eagle Staff is followed by dancers and other participants. The host drum will be Bear River Singers and the storyteller is Panoka Walker, a resident of Monroe and a Native American woman of French and Anishinaabe-Ojibwe descent. Head dancers are Paul Syrette, Renee Diehlman, Jefferson Ballew and Beth Moody. For attendees unfamiliar with powwow etiquette, powwows.com says to keep in mind that certain items of religious significance “should only be worn by those qualified to do so.” In other words – be respectful. Native American headdresses are a symbol of high esteem reserved for specific members of the community, like respected leaders, and should not be worn as a costume. The site also recommends respecting the position of the principal dancers, as they are meant to start each song and participants should wait until they have begun dancing before joining. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. on both Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2. The grand entry will be at noon and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at noon on Sunday. Skyline High School is located at 2552 North Maple Road in Ann Arbor. A free shuttle will pick up guests from the SAB Building at 515 Jefferson St. in Ann Arbor. Single-day admission costs $10/adults, $7/students with ID, $7/over 60, $5/children ages 6-12 and free/under 5. A family pass can be purchased for $29 for a family of two adults and three children under 12. Weekend passes are $15/adults, $10/students with ID, $10/over 60, $7/children ages 6-12 and free/under 5. For more information, visit the event website or Facebook page. For basic details on the Dance for Mother Earth Powwow at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor, see the Metro Parent calendar listing.