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15th annual Penn State Powwow scheduled for April 6-7, seeks volunteers

Two-day, family-friendly event is recognized among the finest of its kind

Head Female Dancer G'Mewin Migwans, front left, Ojibwe, M'Chigeeng First Nation, Ontario, Canada, leads a Two-Step Dance with Head Male Dancer Craig Fox, Ojibwe, Wikwemikong Ontario, Canada, at the 2014 Penn State Powwow. Credit: Michelle Bixby / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The 15th annual Penn State Powwow will be held April 6-7 at Mt. Nittany Middle School in State College, Pennsylvania.

A traditional American Indian powwow is a contemporary social gathering and celebration of community featuring American Indian drum music and songs, Native American dance, and Native American foods, as well as American Indian vendors showing and selling their arts and crafts.

The event brings in more than 200 Native Dancers from as far as New Mexico, Canada, South Dakota and other American Indian Communities, and attracts more than 5,000 visitors, each year. The Penn State Powwow is recognized as one of the finest family-friendly events available in the State College Area and one of the best traditional powwows in the Eastern United States.

Call for volunteers

The powwow orientation will be held 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, March 16, in 108 Chambers Building, University Park campus. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring along a friend to volunteer with. There are plenty of tasks to fill, and those who attend the orientation will get first choice. Those interested may contact volunteer coordinator Bruce Teeple at for more information.

For more information about the powwow, visit the website at

Last Updated March 04, 2019