Last fall the first Youth Contest Pow Wow hosted by the Native American Festival of Arts and Culture was held in honor of regional and national Native Youth.
The event drew over 70 participants and 400 visitors in its first year.
The Youth Contest Pow Wow is a community sponsored event intended for youth ages 18 and under. The event provides another opportunity for local/regional Native youth to honor heritage and culture and receive recognition for their talent.
The summer is a prime time for pow wow dancers to travel throughout the U.S. and Canada participating in the inter-tribal tradition of pow wow, visiting old friends and making new ones.
Since the pow wow features free admission and is supported by local businesses, it serves as an important resource to build cross-cultural partnerships in the celebration of Native American culture here in Flagstaff.
Many local businesses and organizations pitch in to help sponsor the event because it supports youth and community. Last year the dancers and drum
groups ranged from an average age of 8-18 years. Toys for Tots has generously donated toys for the youngsters participating both years running. This year, on Sunday, August 7th the 2nd Annual Youth Contest Pow Wow will be held at Sechrist Elementary School Field from 12 noon to 7pm. Registration begins at 10am and the dance competition is open to youth 18 and under only.
All drum contestants must have one or more youth present during the competition. The event is free to the public and everyone is encouraged to bring its own chairs and shade.
For more information on the event call 928-779-2300 or visit www.culturalpartners.org. Flagstaff Cultural Partners would like thank this years sponsors of the 2005 Youth Contest Pow Wow: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, McCoy Motors, First Credit Union, Mz. Zips, Reztoration Ministries, Native Americans for Community Action (NACA), Orpheum Presents, Painted Desert Trading Co., Toys for Tots and Brandy's.