Honoring Our Elders – Washington University’s 25th Annual Pow Wow

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown April 3rd, 2015 Last Updated on: April 3rd, 2015

Washington University’s 25th Annual Pow Wow will be held this weekend, and their theme this year is Honoring Our Elders: Healing Our People Through Tradition.

Elders provide younger generations the tools to maintain Native identity well into the twenty-first century. Even as the Native urban population increases and holds gatherings in heavily non-Native settings, elders hold the key for younger generations to hold a strong Native American identity through traditional and spiritual knowledge and perspectives on family, life, tradition, history and knowledge. Our Native Elders must be honored in our culture as necessary keepers and teachers of traditional knowledge and wisdom.


In tribute to the pow wow's theme, each member of the pow wow committee talked about an elder who played an important role in their life. I thought it was a great tribute and a fun way to promote the event. I hope you enjoy!


The 25th Annual Pow Wow will be held April 4th, 2015 at Fontbonne University Dunham Student Activity Center (6800 Wydown Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63105). Doors open at 10:00am. Grand Entry is at 12:00pm and 6:00pm. There will be native arts, crafts, dance contests, and food.

This is a free event provided by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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