Edmonds Community College hosts 30th annual powwow ‘Honoring Mother Earth’ May 1-3

Participants lined up before the Grant Entry/Opening Ceremony during last year’s powwow.

Edmonds Community College’s Native American Student Association hosts its 30th annual powwow, “Honoring Mother Earth,” May 1-3.

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, 20000 68th Ave. W, Lynnwood.

Dance and drum grand entries start at 7 p.m., Friday; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday; and 1 p.m., Sunday.

This event is free and open to the public. This is a contest powwow; all dancers and drums are welcome.

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; head men’s dancer, JD Olney; head women’s dancer, Emily Washines; and host drum. The host drum will be selected at each grand entry.

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, Puyallup, and Suquamish tribes.

For more information, call 425-712-9000, ext. 4564 or go to: www.edcc.edu/powwow.

  1. Would love to see this PowWow moved outdoors to possibly a field with bleachers in Edmonds. Seeing the dancers in nature is much more enjoyable, creates better images and a sense of being one with Mother Earth. It could be spectacular if the weather cooperates.

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