KU First Nations Student Association Powwow Returns In-Person and Outdoors – The Lawrence Times


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It was a beautiful day Saturday for the University of Kansas First Nations Student Association’s annual Pow Wow and Indigenous Cultures Festival to return to an all-in-person format.

Powwows are not entertainment or performance, FNSA stressed in the information provided about the event.

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“It was in the 1970s that Native Americans were allowed to practice their cultural, religious and spiritual traditions openly. Powwows are a way to pass cultural knowledge between generations and build community. It is about empowering and perpetuating indigenous culture despite the fact that the government is trying to suppress it, not entertain it.

“While dancing and singing take place at powwows, powwows are a gathering that has deep ties to culture and celebration between tribes.”

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August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times The color guard brings the flags and the eagle stick.
August Rudisell / The Lawrence Times The FNSA students lifted the tepee on Saturday morning.
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