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UCM to Host Second Annual Trading Moon Pow Wow

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 28, 2016) – The University of Central Missouri Center for Religious Studies will host the second annual Trading Moon Pow Wow from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the UCM Student Recreation and Wellness Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Following the success of last year’s inaugural event, this year’s pow wow will feature additional traditional Native American dance demonstrations, performed in full traditional regalia. The host drum for the pow wow will be provided by the Meskwaki Nation, with all Native American dancers and drums invited to attend.

The event will provide narrated demonstrations of traditional Native American dance, and Native American crafts and merchandise will be on display and available for purchase. A meal for will be provided for participants at 5 p.m. in UCM’s Ellis Dining Center. The cost is $6 per person, and the public is invited to participate.

An addition this year will be the Native American competitions. From 1-5 p.m., Native American dancers will compete in the categories of Teen Boys Combined, Teen Girls Combined, Hat and Boot Special and Men’s Traditional. From 6-10 p.m., dancers will compete in the categories of Women’s Cloth, Women’s Jingle, Men’s Traditional and Men’s Grass and Chicken.

Information booths will be available, offering information on UCM admissions, financial aid, veterans affairs and UCM graduate studies.

According the Catherine Burris, director of the Center or Religious Studies, the pow wow was developed to “foster awareness of area Native American culture and let the local Native American community know that we respect and their traditional and culture.”

In conjunction with the pow wow, Brian Clearwater, adjunct instructor in Native American studies in the Center for Religious Studies at Occidental College, Los Angeles, will present a lecture on the Native American protests at Standing Rock and the Native American culture and identity at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in Wood 301 on the UCM campus. Clearwater also will be teaching an online course in Native American Religions through the UCM Center for Religious Studies for spring semester 2017.

Support for the 2016 Trading Moon Pow Wow has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; the Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Cross-Disciplinary Studies; the Department of English and Philosophy; The Center for Religious Studies and the Department of Communication.

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