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CMU Pow Wow features school senior

A Central Michigan University senior who is an accomplished Native American powwow participant will take part in the 24th Annual CMU Pow wow at the CMU Events Center. It takes place March 23-24.

Kasey McCullough has traveled throughout North America to participate in powwows. The events feature the singing, dancing and cultural activities of Native American tribes.  Participants wear their traditional Native American clothing.

McCullough says there are six main dance styles - three for men and three for women - in the Great Lakes Region. McCullough is a jingle dress dancer, which is characterized by the metal cones on the dress that make a jingling sound. 
"Each dancer has their own way of interpreting and showcasing their style," McCullough said. "A lot of Native American people who dance always say they were dancing before they were walking."

McCullough was raised in a traditional Native American family in the Hannahville Indian Community, a federally recognized Potawatomi Indian tribe outside of Escanaba. McCullough, a family studies major, has attended the CMU Pow wow since she was a child and now helps chair the committee that plans the annual event.
"I think it adds a lot of balance to my life," McCullough said. "When I'm at a powwow, all I think about is singing and dancing. It's a big way to embrace who you are and be in the moment."

The doors to the powwow open to the public at 11 a.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, $5 for youth and free for SCIT members (with identification), CMU students (with ID) and children under 4 years of age. There will also be Native American food and craft vendors at the event.

The 24th Annual CMU Pow wow is sponsored by the North American Indigenous Student Organization, Native American Programs office, Office for Institutional Diversity, Central Michigan University and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation.

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