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IAIA Spring Homecoming Powwow celebrates unique cultural traditions

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SANTA FE, N.M. – The Institute of American Indian Arts hosts the 2009 Spring Homecoming Powwow Saturday, May 9 on the IAIA Campus, at 83 Avan Nu Po Road in Santa Fe. The event is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

The pow wow will include Head Man Kit Julianto and Head Lady M.J. Schenandoah, IAIA students; MC Otis Halfmoon; Arena Director Bryan Tsosie, an IAIA staff member; Head Gourd Dancer Mark Swazo Hinds, an IAIA alumnus; Northern Drum Black Eagle from Jemez Pueblo, N.M.; and Southern Drum the Zotigh Singers from Albuquerque, N.M. All drums are welcome.

Registration for pow wow participants begins at 11 a.m. Gourd Dancing occurs at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. while grand entry takes place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. A community potluck dinner featuring multicultural foods is scheduled for 5 p.m.

In addition to the pow wow, Saturday is filled with other activities. A free, 5K run/walk kick starts the day at 7 a.m. An academic open house will take place between noon and 5 p.m. so visitors can learn more about Santa Fe’s only four-year college. IAIA’s new student ambassador will be announced during the pow wow at 4 p.m.

For more information about the IAIA Spring Homecoming Powwow call (505) 424-2337 or (505) 424-2339. To receive more information about discounted hotel rooms during the event call the Inn at Santa Fe at (505) 474-9500. Those interested in participating as arts and crafts vendors can call (505) 424-5704.