Shake your tail feathers
The Institute of American Indian Arts hosts its 2010 Spring Homecoming Powwow on Saturday, May 8, at the central area of its campus (83 Avan Nu Po Road). The event begins with a traditional gourd dance at 11 a.m., followed by the grand entry of powwow participants at noon (repeated at 6 p.m.).
This year, the head man and head lady for the proceedings are Ensley Aguilar and Elizabeth Nevaquaya, both IAIA students. The head gourd dancer is Terry Snake, and Otis Halfmoon emcees. Albuquerque drum ensemble Red Road Crossing serves as the northern drum, while the Zotigh Singers — an Albuquerque group that composes original songs for powwows in the U.S. and Canada — have been invited to serve as the southern drum. There is also a head man “chicken dance special” competition, in which dancers imitate prairie-chicken postures and mating rituals in full regalia. All Native dancers and drummers are encouraged to participate. Food vendors selling traditional Native American cuisine and an Indian arts-and-crafts fair round out the powwow’s festivities. There is no charge for this alcohol-free, family-friendly event, which is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Call 424-2339 for information.
Charles Harris of the Sac and Fox Nation during IAIA’s 2009 Spring Homecoming Powwow