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March 8, 2004  

Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow in March

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Area families will have the rare opportunity to experience authentic Native American cultural activities, including champion dance and drum competitions and exhibits by dozens of award-winning Native American artists, at the Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow March 27 and 28 at Crisler Arena.

"Every year, students and staff here at the University of Michigan work very hard to carry on the rich tradition of this event in honor of those who have gone before us and with thoughts of those to follow us," said Steven Abbott, coordinator of this year's pow wow and Native American coordinator of the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. "It is a time of community, of family, of celebration and of education."

The 32nd annual Ann Arbor Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow will offer traditional foods and crafts for purchase by the public. Thousands of competitors, artists, vendors and spectators are expected to travel to Ann Arbor for the festivities.

The schedule:

• Saturday, March 27: Open 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; ceremonial grand entries at noon and 7 p.m.

• Sunday, March 28: Open 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; grand entry at noon.

Advance tickets for individuals, family and weekend passes, and group sales are available by calling the Michigan Union Ticket Office at (734) 763-TKTS (763-8587). Group ticket sales other than family passes are not available at the door.

The pow wow is jointly sponsored by the University of Michigan's Native American Student Association, U-M Chapter of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Native American Law Student Association, Native American Public Health Association, Native American Business Student Association, Native American Programming Task Force, and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, a division of student affairs.

For more information, call (734) 647-6999, Steven Abbott at (734) 763-9044 or e-mail powwow04@umich.edu.

Contact: Todd McKinney
Phone: (734) 764-4342
E-mail: toddmck@umich.edu