Skagit Valley College to host Native American Powwow on Mount Vernon Campus

MOUNT VERNON, Wash.  —  Skagit Valley College (SVC) will host a Fall Powwow on
October 9 – 11 in SVC’s Dave DuVall Pavilion.  The three-day weekend event will include drummers and dancers in full regalia and is expected to draw performers from across the U.S. and Canada. Admission is free.

Skagit Valley College has a long history of collaboration with its Native American neighbors, including hosting powwows on campus in previous years.  In 2012, renowned Swinomish Master Carver Kevin Paul created the beautiful story pole featured in the Skagit Valley College Powwow advertising, as a celebration of the culture of the area tribes and their relationship with SVC.

“The College is honored to welcome Native American community members to our Mount Vernon Campus,” said SVC President Dr. Thomas Keegan.  “The SVC Powwow celebrates the expanding and deepening relationship that we enjoy with tribal leaders and their communities.”

Grand Entry will be at 6pm on Friday, Saturday at 1pm and 6pm, and Sunday at 1pm.  The first ten drums will receive $50 per session.  In addition, there will be cash prizes for the dance contests and door prizes given away throughout the celebration.

For intermission entertainment, the Skagit Valley College Powwow is proud to present guest performances by two Seattle dance groups. CeAtl Tonalli are traditional Danza Azteca dancers who organize ceremonies, dance presentations, historical and cultural workshops, and artistic projects. Náakw is a Tlingit dance group offering song, dance, and cultural presentations to celebrate ancestry and community empowerment.

Other activities feature vendors selling traditional Native American foods, crafts, and artwork. In addition, parents and their children can enjoy an educational arts and crafts Kid’s Corner.

The SVC Powwow is honored to have Anthony Bluehorse as Master of Ceremonies, the Black Lodge Singers as the Host Drum, and Sheldon and Paula Shebala as the Head Man and Head Woman dancers. More information and vendor applications can be found at www.SVCPowwow.com

The SVC Powwow wishes to thank the Associated Students of Skagit Valley College (ASSVC), the Theta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Skagit Valley College Foundation, and SVC President Dr. Thomas Keegan for supporting this event and fostering a spirit of diversity and acceptance.

For more information about the SVC Powwow, contact Alana Quigley, (360) 540-3450 or Aquigley8394@mysvc.skagit.edu

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