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April 30, 2012
LA GRANDE, Ore. (EOU) – Dancers and drummers, artisans and vendors, families and spectators will all converge for the 2012 Indian Arts Festival and Spring Pow Wow at Eastern Oregon University, May 11-12.
Three Grand Entries, a traditional Friendship Feast, arts and crafts vendors, Speel-Ya Run, awards ceremony, barbecue, Health Fair and donation raffle are part of the celebration this year. The main activities will take place in Quinn Coliseum, with the barbecue, awards ceremony and Health Fair located in the campus quad.
Honored guests include Host Drum, Northwest Medicine Horse Singers, from Granger, Wash., and Masters of Ceremonies, Jess Noland, of Mission, and Jason Prettyboy, of Kuna.
Admission to the Pow Wow is free both days. The first Grand Entry is at 5 p.m. Friday, with two others at 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday. The Friendship Feast begins at 5 p.m. Saturday in the Hoke Main Lounge and features salmon donated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Registration for the Speel-Ya 5K or 10K Run is at 9 a.m. Saturday and is $10 for EOU students and $15 for the general public. Registration includes an event T-shirt.
The Speel-Ya Native American Student Council at EOU organizes the annual event with support from the Wildhorse Foundation and EOU Student Fee Committee.
For more information visit www.eou.edu/powwow or call Jackie Leno Grant, Speel-Ya adviser, at 541-962-3141.
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