The Carolina Indian Circle, a student-run organization, is hosting its 31st annual Carolina Indian Circle Powwow on Saturday, March 3 at 12 p.m.
“This is definitely a big event for the American Indians on campus — we are the largest collegiate Powwow in North Carolina, and because of that, we have native people coming from all over the state,” said Elena Jacobs-Polanco, the event's co-chair.
The Powwow itself involves singing, drumming, traditional competition dancing and displays while also providing opportunities to sample Native American foods. Because this event is run by students and not a tribe, it is considered an intertribal gathering. This is exemplified in the variation of dancing that can be seen. While it ranges from adult to children styles, it is also split into northern and southern traditional dances.
The dances are often the main attraction to the Powwows.
“A highlight for me would be the dancers," said Gabrielle James, Carolina Indian Circle’s vice president. "It's one of those experiences for me as a native person. It gives me goosebumps because it just shows our culture is alive. Despite everything, we’re still here, and we’re still celebrating ourselves and our heritage.”