Brave Heart drummers perform

Top-Notch Performers Highlight of Third Annual Traditional Powwow


Indiana University Bloomington hosts the Third Annual Traditional Powwow this weekend, October 26-27.

Native Americans will gather to share history, culture and the arts at this year’s powwow, which is also the lead event for IU Bloomington’s observance of Native American Heritage Month.

"Our goal is for the IU Powwow to become the largest pow wow in the Big Ten and one of the most prominent powwows in the Midwest," said Nicholas Belle, a Native American programs developer for First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, in a news release. "We are encouraging everyone to come to this year’s powwow, make some new friends and plan on returning to next year’s powwow."

Cozad from Hominy, Oklahoma will perform at the powwow as the Southern host drum. The Kiowa drum group was founded by Leonard Cozad, Sr. in the 1930s, and includes his family members. The group was part of the live recording of Gathering of Nations Pow Wow, that won the 2001 Grammy for Best Native American Music Album.

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Cozad’s most recent album, California Pow Wow, won the 2005 Native American Music Award for Best Historical Recording. He is also a five-time winner of the Southern Challenge Drum Championship at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow.

Brave Heart, also known as Chante T’inza, from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, is the Northern host drum. Heart will perform music from the Oglala Nation. Their latest album is That's How We Roll on the Bear Tracks label.

Chaske Hotain, originally from Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada, is the event's invited drum. Terry Fiddler, a Lakota from Red Wing, Minnesota, who has won multiple dance competitions, will emcee the event. And this year’s arena director is Darrell Goodwill, a member of the Dakota and Lakota Nations from Window Rock, Arizona. Goodwill is an eight-time world champion in grass dancing and a member of the American Indian Dance Theater.

The Headman dancer will be Isaiah Stewart, a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation from Lawrence, Kansas. The Headwoman dancer will be Charlie Cuny of Kyle, South Dakota. Cuny, an Oglala Sioux tribal member, was a contestant in the 2013 Miss Native American USA contest.

Specials at this year’s powwow include a two-person hand drum contest and jingle dress and northern traditional dance contests. 

The Native American Graduate Student Association, the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center, the IU Student Association, and the IU First Year Experience are presenting this year’s powwow.

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