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UNCP holds first ever Spring Unity PowwowBy Aaron Woods
Outside Jones Health and Fitness Education Center, the First Annual Spring Unity Powwow was held April 22.
Due to a rain delay, the grand entry was at 3 p.m. Dancers were centered in the Auxiliary Gym as Southern Suns sang a calling song. Throughout the powwow various dances including Inter Tribal, Two Step, Men’s Traditional, Men’s Straight, Men’s Fancy and Men’s Grass were performed.
In the Women’s Category, only traditional, fancy, and jingle dances were performed. There was a dance contest in the Two Step, Women’s Jingle and Women’s Traditional, which was sung by Red Oak.
There was also a Hand Drum contest. Garth Locklear, Tribal Councilman of the Lumbee Tribe, was on hand at the event. Locklear represents Pembroke District 7. A graduate of Pembroke State University, Locklear exclaimed about the powwow.
“I’m excited about it. It has been a long time coming,” Locklear said. Mike Acosta, a student at UNCP said, “It was a long time in the making. I hope it’s a tradition they can continue.”
Vendors were on hand to sell their crafts including dream catchers, necklaces, woven baskets, bracelets, rings, belts, flutes and breastplates. Also, there was a face painting booth.
Linda Gibbs has been making fry bread for about 10 years. She said,
“Most people know how to make fry bread. It is essential at every powwow.”
Mark Hunt, a student at UNCP, said about the powwow, “We should have done this a long time ago. Groups, as well as individual Native Americans, should be equally represented on campus.
The spirit is still the same,” Hunt said. Jamie Locklear, a 1987 graduate of Pembroke State University, teaches American Indian Studies at Bowling Green University. He is also a Southeastern Straight Dancer and thinks it’s great to have a spring powwow.
Tony Dellinger, father of Miss Lumbee Erica Nicole Dellinger, said, “It’s great. Other schools have powwows, why not UNCP?”
Brock Jacobs, singer for the Southern Suns Men’s Drum group, agreed, “I think it’s great. Anytime someone gets to see their heritage, it’s a good feeling.”
Ray “Little Turtle,” who was the Master of Ceremonies, said, “The more the merrier. A powwow is a social thing.”
Becky Goins, event coordinator, said the turn out was amazing, everything went wonderful.