Sunday, April 17, 2016

The University Of Iowa
22nd Annual Powwow
Iowa City Iowa

The University of Iowa held it's 22nd powwow Saturday, April 16th at the Field House on campus in Iowa City, Iowa. I can't say 'annual' because it seems to go missing now and then--we all assume due to funding or organizational problems. As many of us know it takes a lot of time, money, coordination and organization to put together a successful powwow, but the U of I student powwow committee did a good job, once again, pulling it all together. My wife & I are always glad to see this powwow take place so that our son David can dance. There are not many places he is accepted or can participate because of his mixed blood status. We do understand traditions and culture, accepting the fact that his dancing will be limited and do what we can to encourage him to follow his Indigenous roots. 

(My son, David "Pine Nut" Zeck. Photo by Shauna Zeck)

MC Tyler Lasley, Meskwaki Nation, took the helm for this event and did a great job keeping things moving, along with Arena Director Jerod Pushetonequa, Meskwaki Nation, including the traditional 
powwow humor. 

Head Man Dancer Canku One Star, mens Fancy Dancer from the Lakota Nation kept the powwow goers and my camera, trying to focus as he flew around the arena.

Thanks again to the student Powwow committee, Head woman dancer Brennah Wahweotten, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta Kansas and host drum Haymaker, Meskwaki Nation.

As a veteran, thanks also for the honor of carrying in the American Flag at the first Grand Entry. Ashoge(thanks). Following are some of the photos I took. Pardon the clarity as my camera seemed to be malfunctioning. Hope to see you all this summer at the annual Meskwaki Nation Powwow in Tama Iowa. Hoka Hey! NOTE--Click on the First Pic to go to a larger view and a SLIDESHOW. All Photos by Bob Uhl.