9th Annual Social Powwow March 12

Beginning with the grand entry at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, the 9th Annual Social Powwow celebrates the traditions, history and culture of native peoples. The Native American Enlightenment Association, Willamette's Office of Multicultural Affairs and Associated Students of Willamette University co-sponsor this free, popular event to share Native American culture with the Salem community.

The event is in Cone Fieldhouse in Sparks Athletic Center. Willamette alumnus Bob Tom will be master of ceremonies, sharing and explaining the traditional dances, regalia, songs and culture of a powwow. Soaring Hawk is the Host Drum for the event, and the powwow will feature a team dance contest. Over 30 vendors will sell traditional Native American crafts, artwork and food.

Purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win a Pendleton blanket with a Native American design, valued at $200. Other prizes include hotel packages from Oregon tribal casinos and crafts from participating vendors.

The powwow will last until 10 p.m. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (503) 370-6265.