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Published April 22, 2012, 08:35 PM

Wacipi Powwow Marks The End Of Week-Long Celebration At UND

Thousands of people are celebrating Native American culture this weekend at the University of North Dakota for the 42nd Annual Wacipi Powwow. More people than ever are participating in this year's powwow, marking the end of a week-long American Indian event on campus.

Thousands of people are celebrating Native American culture this weekend at the University of North Dakota for the 42nd Annual Wacipi Powwow. More people than ever are participating in this year's powwow, marking the end of a week-long American Indian event on campus.

"We're our own people and we know we're proud and we're strong," powwow dancer Randall Morin said.

Randall Morin has been dancing for ten years. He participates in pow wows with his family and says the friendships he has made are important.

"I've met a lot of new friends, new family. I've met a lot of family that I didn't know I had," Morin said.

Powwows are a way for people to come together and sing, dance and preserve their heritage.

"We want people to be able to come and learn about American Indian culture, you know, and actually see what our culture is about," UND Indian Association President Deanna Rainbow said.

The Wacipi Powwow marks the end of the UND Indian Association's 42nd annual Time Out week. It's a week of activities celebrating American Indian culture and heritage.

"They can see a different side of things and they'll be able to see how much pride that we have in a people as ourselves," Morin said.

The Wacipi Powwow had 29 drums and around 600 dancers from across the United States and Canada, offering a unique opportunity for dancers to express and share their tribe's culture.

"We feel it's important for everyone in Grand Forks. North Dakota especially, because of the wide variety of tribes that are represented in North Dakota and also the wide variety of tribes that are represented by students who attend UND," Rainbow said.

As part of the celebration this week, UND unveiled its third series in the "More Than Beads and Feathers" poster campaign. It features nine American Indian graduates who are making significant differences in their tribal communities and beyond.

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