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Published April 04, 2011, 05:17 PM

Time-Out Week Begins at UND

This week is UND's 41st annual Time-Out Week. It's a whole week filled with American Indian Culture. It culminates Friday with a pow wow at the Hyslop Sports Center.

This week is UND's 41st annual Time-Out Week. It's a whole week filled with American Indian Culture. It culminates Friday with a pow wow at the Hyslop Sports Center.

"I would like to welcome you to the opening ceremony of the 41st annual Time-Out Week," said UND's Indian Studies Association President Rachel Egstad.

A ceremony that will honor Contemporary people, Empowering dreams and Accomplishments of American Indians.

"This week is absolutely filled with opportunities to learn about each other. Where we came from, what we have to offer and how we work together," said American Indian Student Services Director Leigh Jeanotte.

"It's for everybody, it's not just for American Indians and it's a good experience for people to see another culture and learn more about them even though you don't understand it," said Egstad.

Native American artists, students and other professionals are giving lectures about how Native Americans are making a new name for themselves and others.

"It shows we don't just stay on the reservation or just go to school or just don't work. Just showing off their skills," said graduate student BJ Rainbow.

After a week of learning from American Indian professionals, the week ends with the beating of drums at the Wacipi pow wow.

"It's not only colorful, but it's an expression and the enthusiasm for families getting together with the various nations to exchange the stories the ideas and the traditions of a great group of people," said President Robert Kelley.

Organizers say the pow wow is something you have to experience yourself, so you can feel the heart of a beating drum.

"It's different for me explaining it to somebody than them actually being there and feeling the drum, because in the Hyslop, it's loud so you can feel the drum," said Rainbow.

The pow wow begins Friday with a Grand Entry starting at 7 pm.

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