OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

OSU to host Native American Powwow

05/13/2005

CORVALLIS - Oregon State University's 29th annual Native American Powwow starts on Saturday, May 21, in OSU's McAlexander Fieldhouse.

The two-day event, also known as Klatowa Eena, which means "go Beavers" in Chinook trading language, is free and open to the public. For information, contact the OSU Native American Longhouse at 541-737-2738.

Grand entry opens the Powwow at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with a second session grand entry at 6:30 p.m. Sunday's grand entry is at noon.

Klatowa Eena will feature representatives from various tribes throughout the United States. Drums provide the music of the powwow. The Host Drum will be the White Lodge Singers from Mandaree, N.D., and the Honor Drum will be the Hillsidetrailz Singers from Pendleton.

A free dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by an evening of Native American dances starting at 7 p.m.

On Saturday morning, the annual Jim Thorpe 5K/10K fun run and walk starts at 8 a.m. at OSU's Native American Longhouse at 26th Street and Jefferson Avenue. All events start and finish at the Longhouse.

The event honors Thorpe, who was born on an Oklahoma Indian reservation in 1887 and won the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Olympics. He also played professional baseball and football. Thorpe died in 1953.