Drums, Dancing and Diversity

Lane’s Native American Student Association hosted their annual Spring Powwow on Saturday April 2. This is one of the largest powwows in the Northwest, representing over 50 different native tribes. The event draws participants and spectators from all over the Northwest, and has facilitated an increase in Native American students attending Lane. “When you have any kind of cultural gathering, that helps to focus the attention on some of the different ethnicities or cultural groups […] in a college community.” Gerry Raining Bird, head men’s dancer said. All attendees are encouraged to join in during the main dancing event. “It’s one of those things that the whole community can participate in, you don’t need to be in regalia to participate,” Bird said.