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Rachel Baxter, Shandiin Begay, Adria Brown, Chase Bryer, Sunny Clifford, Jordon Connell, Aquira Foster, Alejandra Gonzalez, Jaisah Lee, Mariah May, Kelley McCall, Ashton Megli, Natalie Moyer, Patricia Pena, Ray Phillips, Eric Pinto, Katelynn Pipestem, Hazel Rogers, Angelica Santiago Gonzalez, Heather Sindelar


Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies

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Every year since 1990, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis students and the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies organizes an annual Pow Wow. A Pow Wow is an event where both Native American and non‐Native American people meet to dance, sing, socialize, and honor American Indian history and culture. The 30th annual event was scheduled to occur on April 11, 2020 with the theme of “Steps to Sovereignty: Decolonize, Indigenize, Revitalize.” The Washington University Pow Wow is critical in bringing the St. Louis community together to honor and celebrate Native traditions. As coronavirus spread in early 2020, Washington University in St. Louis was closely monitoring the global outbreak of this disease. In commitment to the health and safety of our community, the Buder Center and Washington University made the difficult decision on March 11, 2020 to cancel the Washington University Pow Wow. The decision was made with the health and safety of our relatives, elders and attendees in mind. To honor our commitment to our communities, the Pow Wow Committee acted fast and they interviewed each Head Staff member plus one vendor. Interviewees were generous with their time, stories and knowledge. Students conducted interviews on April 11 and April 15 and created the following stories and resources to share.

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