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November 18th, 2009
Celebration of the People Powwow starts Wednesday


The Fifth Annual Celebration of the People Powwow will be held on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LBJ Student Center Ampitheatre at Texas State.

Native American Student Association (NASA) president Kate Koebbe said people attending this year’s event will have an opportunity to see a wide variety of activities including southern drum, powwow dancing, flute playing, Aztec dancing, native vendors, artwork, Nokota horses, storytelling, native food and more.

“This year’s celebration will also include an arts festival showcasing crafts and artwork of NASA members as well as professional artists,” said Koebbe.  “The emphasis on arts and culture embraces right- and left-brain thinkers as a connection to Texas State’s Common Experience theme: the ‘Whole Mind.'”

One of this year’s featured artists to be showcased is Eric Slocombe, whose sculpture of Chief Placido is ensconced in San Marcos City Park near the river. His work was exhibited at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo and the 2008 Nature Works Show in Tulsa, OK. He was named Outstanding New Artist by the Dallas Safari Club.

“There is a lot of student interest in this event,” Koebbe said. “Hundreds of people stop by to view the dancing, visit vendors, sample food and just to see what is going on.  They develop a broader understanding of native culture and maybe even reconnect with their own past even if it’s in a very small way.”

Groups represented at the event will include Kiowa, Apache, Comanche, Lakota, Dakota, Choctaw, Paiute, Chickasaw, Sans Arc, Caddo, Delaware, Zuni, Huron, Navajo, Cherokee, Hawaiian, Aztec, Cree, Creek and Mohegan.

The sponsors of the event are the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Underrepresented Student Advisory Council, Student Organizations Council, Coca Cola, Four Winds Intertribal Society, Inc., Multicultural Programming Committee, the Department of History and the Cornucopia.

For more information on the event ,email Kate Koebbe at or call the office of Multicultural Student Affairs at (512) 245-2278.

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