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Hozhoni Days at Fort Lewis celebrates its 50th year

By Yvonne Bilinski
Special to The PREVIEW

Hozhoni Days at Fort Lewis College turns 50 years old this year. One of the largest and longest running events at FLC, Hozhoni Days celebrates the more than 120 Native American and Alaska Native tribes and villages represented in the college’s student body.

Hozhoni Days 2014 kicks off with the Miss Hozhoni Pageant. Miss Hozhoni is selected every year from the student body and serves as the college’s Native American student representative. The pageant begins on Tuesday, April 8, with the interviews of the candidates. On Thursday, April 10, is the traditional foods talent portion, and the pageant concludes with the traditional and modern talent show on Monday, April 14. Each part of the pageant is free, open to everyone and will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Three workshops in Native American jewelry and clothing will also be part of Hozhoni Days. The first, a workshop on creating beaded earrings, will be held on Wednesday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies, Room 271. The workshop is open to all and admission is $25.

The second workshop is on Wednesday, April 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Center of Southwest Studies, Room 271 and offers instruction on making wing dresses. The cost is $10 and attendees should bring two yards of material. Space is limited for the dressmaking workshop, so contact swperry@fortlewis.edu to RSVP and for more information.

Finally, a baby moccasin workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 23, at 4:30 p.m., also in the Center of Southwest Studies, Room 271. The cost is $40.

On Thursday, April 17, everyone is invited to a Round Dance at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The event is free.

The culmination of Hozhoni Days is the annual Hozhoni Days Powwow on Friday, April 18, and Saturday, April 19. The Grand Entry is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday in Whalen Gymnasium. The powwow continues on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.

For more information, visit www.fortlewis.edu/hozhoni-days-powwow or call 247-7221.

This story was posted on April 10, 2014.