Listening to the Native voice (April 10)

April 7, 2010

We’re just a few days away from one of St. Louis’ most colorful and lively events, and no, I’m not talking about the Cardinals’ opening game. This is a free event blog, remember?

The Washington University Powwow is Saturday (April 10) at the Fieldhouse. Doors open at 10 a.m.; activities for the kids go from 1:30 to 6 p.m.  The drumming and dancing goes on all day, but the highlight is the Grand Entry at 1 and 7 p.m.

There are more than a dozen contest categories, and I won’t go into them all here, but it doesn’t hurt to do a little advance reading and video-watching so that when your kids have the inevitable questions, you’ll be armed. However, the announcer will also walk the audience through what’s happening — this event celebrates Native American culture in a public setting where education is encouraged. So let your kids ask questions, and ask some yourself too.

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