Edmonds Community College’s Native American Student Association hosts its 28th annual Powwow, “Teachings of the Wolves,” May 3-5. The Powwow brings together students, families, and communities to celebrate American Indian singing, drumming, dancing, and arts and crafts. It will be held in Seaview Gym on campus.
Dance and drum ceremonies start at 7 p.m., Friday; 1 and 7 p.m., Saturday; and 1 p.m., Sunday. During intermissions from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, there will be Native storytelling. This event is free and open to the public.
This is a contest Powwow; all dancers and drums welcome. Powwows are social gatherings — open to all people — celebrating American Indian tribes’ traditions, styles of dance, songs, families, and friendships. Dancers and drummers come to the college’s powwow from tribes throughout the Northwest and United States, including locally from the Muckleshoot, Lummi, and Tulalip tribes.
This year, musician and educator Arlie Neskahi, of the Dine’ (Navajo) Nation of New Mexico, is the master of ceremonies. He is well known for his performance, composition, and knowledge of traditional music. The college also welcomes arena director, Robert Charles; host drum, 206; and lead women’s dancer Tilda Walsey. There will also be a men’s traditional special, sponsored by J.C. Allen-Tacket, the lead men’s dancer.