Charla McKimmy, a member of the Native American Cultural Awareness Club at Minot State University, said there were 365 dancers entered in the various competitions at the Native American Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration held Friday and today at the MSU Dome.
According to a press release issued by the university, 1,000 to 1,500 people attend annually; the event includes the acknowledgment of achievements, competitive dancing, vendor and information booths and food. The powwow is one of the largest student activities on campus.
The event will continue today with performances, dance competitions and the sale of Native American arts, crafts and food.
Children from area schools dance alongside children dressed in traditional regalia on Friday afternoon during the 24th annual Native American Spring Honor Dance and Powwow Celebration at the Minot State University Dome.
Activities start at 1 p.m. today. Two grand entries, the time when all of the dancers enter the arena, will be held today at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Honor Parade, in which all 2013 MSU graduates are invited to participate, will follow the 7 p.m. grand entry tonight. Dance competitions are being held for adults, women, teens, juniors and "tiny tots." The competition for men includes traditional, grass and fancy dancing; the women's dance competitions include traditional, fancy and jingle styles.
Admission is $2 for ages 12-55; children under age 12, senior citizens and MSU students, faculty and staff can attend for free.