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UCO Celebrates Native American Culture At Annual Spring Powwow

March 29, 2013

Media Contact:  Courtney Harlin, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma will host the annual Spring Powwow at 2 p.m. April 7 at Hamilton Field House on the university’s campus.

Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and Central’s Native American Student Association, the Spring Powwow invites the community to the campus to dance, sing, socialize and honor American Indian culture. Vendors will also sell traditional Native American music, art, and jewelry.

“The powwow provides the university and metro community an opportunity to learn about this celebrated and long-standing tradition of the Native American culture. This program is beautiful, educational, and truly celebratory of Native American culture,” said MeShawn Conley, ODI director.

The event will begin with the Gourd Dance, a celebratory performance of singing and dancing, followed by free traditional Native American dinner at 5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., the Grand Entry will begin featuring the evening’s dance contestants. Contest dancing will begin shortly after the Grand Entry.

Contest categories include Men’s Straight, Men’s Grass, Men’s Fancy, Men’s Traditional, Women’s Cloth, Women’s Buckskin, Women’s Jingle and Women’s Fancy Shawl dances.

Prizes for the winners of each category will be $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place.

All activities are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the ODI at 405-974-3588 or visit