The Carolina Indian Circle is hosting its 32nd annual Powwow at Fetzer Gym A on March 2. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The CIC hosts the Powwow annually to celebrate Native American culture and to emphasize the presence of the Native community on and around UNC.
The Powwow is a pan-tribal gathering for Native American people to celebrate their heritage and progression in society. The event brings people together from a range of communities and ethnicities for fellowship. The event also welcomes non-Native people to come learn about the rich history and long-established cultures of Native Americans.
Elena Jacobs-Polanco, one of the planners of the Powwow, said CIC prides itself on putting on a very authentic, truly indigenous event for the community. To celebrate Native heritage, the event will feature vendors serving traditional Native foods, dancing — with close to 80 dancers performing 10 different tribal dances — drum groups and a variety of artwork for purchase.
“We hope to be able to offer spectators and the campus community a really great opportunity to see an overwhelming amount of culture that they might not be exposed to otherwise,” Jacobs-Polanco said.
Though the Powwow is an event to promote excitement and camaraderie, it also has a significant message through this year’s theme. Jacobs-Polanco and Makayla Richardson — CIC member and Powwow planner — said the theme of this year is “Remembering Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.”