Circle of Nations Indigenous Association Hosts 30th Annual Powwow
Khiana Lussier schosen as 2014-15 CNIA Princess
The University of Minnesota, Morris Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) hosted the 30th annual CNIA Powwow on Saturday, April 5, in the Physical Education (PE) Center. Dancers from all around the United States and Canada gathered in Morris for this annual social gathering. In recent years there have been more than 150 dancers participating, and participation surpassed that for this year's event.
Powwows are social and spiritual gatherings that combine songs and dances that have been passed down from every Native American peoples' ancestral lineages. They are open to anyone who wants to participate, Native and non-Native alike. A large number of these gatherings occur between the months of April and October, which is often referred to as "powwow season." CNIA's contemporary intertribal event showcases dancers and singers of every style and skill level from across Indian Country. At this powwow participants experienced song and dance as well as a feast. Vendors who specialize in Native crafts and beautiful beadwork were also there to sell their work.
The drum groups, the heart of all powwows, featured Red Lake's own Young Kingbird singers, that provided the pulsating beat that accompanies a dancer's every movement. In addition to the host drum, many surrounding drum groups were in attendance.
Each powwow begins with Grand Entry, a procession of all the dancers into the dance arena. Grand Entry occurred at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 5. Doors opened at 11 a.m. Free parking was available in the South Parking Lot near Big Cat Stadium.
Khiana Lussier of Red Lake was chosen as the 2014-15 CNIA Princess. Khiana is the daughter of Shari and Shawn Lussier.