The Dancing Strong Powwow is finished! It was a huge success with over 500 in attendance!
This year, with the Dreamstarter grant we were able to host a youth powwow for Native kids in Provo, Utah and the surrounding area. The powwow was held on April 29, 2017 in the Provo High School gym.
In the months leading up to the powwow, Native kids learned how to dance the different categories, and even learn how to make their own regalia. The Provo School District even offered workshops for teachers to help get them involved as well.
The powwow was a chance for the kids to learn about their Native culture, as well as the community. The powwow offered different resources including UEN passing out materials to teachers, KUED passing out books to kids, the Urban Indian Walk-in Center, Title VI information, as well as representatives from Utah colleges and universities to talk to kids about admissions.
The highlight of the event was hearing from Running Strong Co-Founder and Olympic Gold Medalist, Billy Mills! We were grateful Billy took time out of his schedule to come and see what the Dreamstarter grant has been able to do for our community!
Also in attendance was Edouardo Zendejas, a professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha and Judge for the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, and Gary Farmer, musician and actor. Both men came to help MC the event and to teach about the Native American culture.
As the year is coming to a close I want to say how grateful I am for the opportunity to be a Dreamstarter, and for the experiences it has given me.
Women is the First Environment Collaborative is a project that works to develop American Indian youth leadership to encourage a new generation to protect and promote social justice in environmental, reproductive rights and Native rights arenas.