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Powwow Youth Day is Friday, September 8
28 August 2006

BISMARCK (UTN) - School and youth groups are invited to take a field trip to Youth Day at the United Tribes International Powwow on Friday, September 8 on the college campus in Bismarck.

      The music and cultural event is offered as an educational experience for young people and visitors who are interested in learning about Native American culture.

Youth Day
Youngsters attending Youth Day recognize a friend entering the dance arbor during a grand entry of the 2005 United Tribes International Powwow.

      The event includes at tipi demonstration, traditional story telling, hoop dancing and musical entertainment, including a performance by Wadumbah, the powwow's featured cultural group from Australia.

      During past Youth Day events, school groups from Bismarck-Mandan, surrounding towns and outlying reservation communities have attended as part of organized outings. Major funding for Youth Day was provided by the Bismarck Public Schools.

      Youth Day begins with a prayer and flag song at 9 a.m. and runs through the morning near the college administration building on Sisseton Road. Young people are invited to view the 1 p.m. Grand Entry of powwow dancers at Lone Star Arena and later participate in intertribal dances.

      Groups are advised to bring lunches or plan to purchase lunch at the food court. Vendor stands will also be open.

      There is no admission fee for those who schedule in advance. The coordinator is Julie M. Cain (Blackfeet), a college counselor.

Youth Day Schedule: (starting at 9 a.m.)

  • Flag Song - Cannonball Singers
  • Cultural Performances - Miss Indian Nations Pageant Participants
  • Contemporary vocalist - Miss Indian Nations XIII Bobbie Rae Sage (Three Affiliated)
  • Tipi Etiquette Demonstration and hands-on student participation - Marvin Bald Eagle Young Man and Donald Cain (both Turtle Mountain)
  • Storytelling - Marla Striped Face Collins (Standing Rock)
  • "Role of American Indian Women Past and Present" - Ms. Jace Janet DeCory
  • Hoop Dancers - Wayne Fox (Three Affiliated) and sons
  • Learning about Tribal Song, Music and Drums - Todd Trottier (Turtle Mountain)
  • Australian Aboriginal Music and Dance - Wadumbah Dance Group (Noongar Nations, Western Australia)

      For more information or to register a group, contact Julie Cain 701-255-3285 x 1276.


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