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Penn State Powwow seeks volunteers for two-day event

The traditional drum is a highly respected and sacred instrument, and an important focus of the Penn State Powwow. Credit: Patrick Mansell / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Penn State Powwow, a two-day event recognized as one of the finest of its kind, is seeking volunteers for the event scheduled for April 14-15 at Mt. Nittany Middle School in State College. 

Organizers of the family friendly event, which is free and open to the public, are looking for volunteers to assist with the logistical aspects of the event. That includes setup, work in the American Indian kitchen, errands/supplies/facilities, take down efforts, and various other duties. Organizers are asking volunteers to spend four-hour blocks of time helping out at the powwow.

Those interested may contact volunteer coordinator Bruce Teeple at for more information. The volunteer orientation meeting will take place at 10 a.m. March 24 in 104 Rackley Building on the University Park campus.

The 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. Volunteers will be able to take advantage of the event from a unique perspective.

John Sanchez, an associate professor in the College of Communications, is the powwow coordinator. For more information on the powwow, visit

Last Updated June 02, 2021