Willamette Hosts Annual Powwow

Willamette University will host the Sixth Annual Social Powwow Saturday, March 8, in Cone Field House at Sparks Athletic Center. The free event, which is open to the public, begins with a Grand Entry at 4 p.m.

The event will include native arts and crafts, food, dancers and drum groups. Prizes will be awarded in a Fancy Shawl Dance contest, and there will be a raffle to win a Pendleton blanket and other prizes. The master of ceremonies is Bob Tom, arena director is David West and host drum is Four Directions.

This year's powwow is in honor of Warm Springs tribal elder Warren "Rudy" Clements and his daughter Trudee Clements, both of whom passed away in recent years. Rudy Clements was the leader of economic development and longtime public face for the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. For three decades, he lent his political and governmental awareness, leadership skills and unique speaking style to addressing the concerns of the Indian people living in western Oregon. His daughter, a drummer and singer, was a champion Fancy Shawl dancer.

The powwow is sponsored by Willamette's Native American Enlightenment Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call (503) 370-6265.