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MSU Pow Wow This Weekend

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The sound of bells and drums fill Brick Breeden Fieldhouse as the 39th Montana State University American Indian Council Pow Wow gets underway Friday evening.

It is one of the largest pow wows in Montana.

MSU American Indian and Alaska Native Student Success Director Scott Zander said the pow wow serves as an opportunity for the entire community to learn more about Native American culture.

"We want people that have never attended a pow wow to have the opportunity to come and celebrate with us and have a chance to learn a little bit about Native Americans in Montana," said Zander.

The pow wow is full of dancing and drumming from tribes across Montana and neighboring states, such as the Crow and White Clay tribes.

Zander said hundreds of people of all ages will be competing.

He said, to them, it's more than just a competition.

"You get the little ones that are dancing that are two or three years old or the tiny tots all the way into our golden age who could be anywhere from 60 to whatever," said Zander. "It is really a celebration for multiple generations of native dancers."

MSU American Indian Council co-president Nicolette Brown said while she enjoys the whole pow wow, there is one dance she's looking forward to watching.

"I do enjoy the women's jingle dress dancing," said Brown. "It was a category I used to dance in a while back. Just to hear them and it is a sight to see."

Since Brown is busy making sure the pow wow is running smoothly, you won't see her dancing.

But that doesn't mean she doesn't want to be out there.

"I do miss it. It is a good feeling when I used to dance. It really brings you pride, so I do miss it," said Brown.

The pow wow continues tomorrow.

Grand entries will take place at noon and 6 p.m.

The event is free for everyone to attend.

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