Shake your tail feath­ers

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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

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