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19th Annual Pow Wow

The Beat of the Soul

By Samrid Aryal | Freelancer
On April 18, 2012

Once again there was a celebration of diversity at Western. On Saturday, April 4, Multicultural Student Union (MSU)  hosted its annual Pow Wow event. A Pow Wow is a celebration of Native American cultures and tradition.

"I was looking forward to this event. I was there for last year's Pow Wow and I had lots of fun. This event brings such a joy within the community. I like how the Native American traditions are represented during the event," said Mathew Kart, resident of Monmouth. "Events like Pow Wow teach us how important it is for us to recognize traditions and cultures that are existent in the U.S."

"We worked very hard to make the Pow Wow a successful event.  This is our annual event and we were expecting a lot of participants, and we are happy with the turnout," said Mayra Perez, one of the coordinators of the event.

There were performances like jackpot dancing and drumming by tribal groups.  The host drum was performed by Little River Drummers. This event was also a form of entertainment, with lots of colors representing different forms of celebration.

"During the event we pay respect to our forefathers, people who represent Indians around the world and veterans. The Pow Wow is also the first Native American tradition of sharing hospitality and generosity. It is important to remember the magnetism of the cultural representation done by the event," said Luke Hernandez, one of the participants at the event.

"We celebrate this event on campus because we feel that it is important to embrace and educate ourselves about the significance of the traditions that the Native American culture celebrates. The Pow Wow is celebrated in the Native American community as a form of gathering for the tribal members to celebrate the richness of their culture. This event is a great way for students and community members to come and learn while enjoying the Native American customs. [MSU] is involved around campus by hosting a variety of cultural events allowing students to be a part and learn about different cultures," said the event coordinators Mayra Perez & Susie Carrillo.

"I am very excited to be participating in this kind of event. I have never experienced [Native American] culture before. This is a learning moment for me," said Lin Wu, international student from China. "These kind of  experiences that I am gaining in the process of my education here at Western will not only help my overall development but will also broaden my perspective towards various cultures and tribes all around the world."

MSU  is a club that focuses on promoting diversity and cultural awareness throughout the Western campus and the surrounding community. MSU gives students, faculty and staff an opportunity to share their cultural background while learning about others.


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