Mar 6, 2011 4:53 PM by KPAX Media Center
MISSOULA- A taste of Montana's culture is returning to Missoula later this month when Big Sky High School plays host to this year's Honoring Our Youth Pow Wow.
The event, which is set to take place on March 11th and March 12th is being put on by Missoula County Public Schools Indian Education for All Department, Human Resources Council, Missoula Indian Center and its ASAP Program, as well as other generous contributors.
The pow wow will kick off at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 11th with a Grand Entry and welcome from MCPS Superintendent Alex Apostle. Pow Wow founders, Linda Garnett and Valerie Forrest, and committee members will then be recognized at 8 p.m. Friday, followed by special dances and other events, including junior and teen contests.
There will also be princess interviews, dance competitions and intertribal dances. Food and games will be provided during the evening and all of Friday's events are open to the public.
Grand Entries will be held at both 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Big Sky High School on Saturday, beginning with a welcome and speakers, followed by the honoring of outgoing princesses, Courtney Perry and Serena Chandler, and the crowning of new princesses.
A special event is also planned to honor Carmel Garnet, a community elder who dedicated much time and energy to support American Indian students and who past away in 2010. All events are open to the public.
The popular pot luck dinner will also be returning on Saturday and will run between 5 and 7 p.m., followed by the final Grand Entry will begin at 7 p.m.
This year, Joseph Sure Chief, a second grade student at Russell Elementary, will serve as Head Youth Male Dancer; Hailey Hammett, a third grade student at Chief Charlo Elementary, will serve as Head Youth Female Dancer; and Dancing Young Buffalo as Youth Host Drum. Kasey Nicholson and Tommy Christian will emcee the event, and Leon Stewart and Cetan Thunder Hawk will serve as Co-Arena Directors.
A 3-on-3 Youth Basketball Tournament for students in grades 3 through 8 is also scheduled. The tourney is sponsored by the Missoula Indian Center's ASAP Program. For more information on that event, contact Dana Kingfisher at (406) 829.9515.
The Honoring Our Youth Pow Wow begin in 2002 and is put on by a large of committee and is the result of many donated hours and services from area students, educators, parents and businesses.