Powwow 102: Learning to Walk Together (While Apart)

by Native American Student Association (NASA)


Sat, Mar 26, 2022

1 PM – 4 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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In place of the annual in-person Learning to Walk Together Powwow, Northern Michigan University's Native American Student Association (NASA) and the Center for Native American Studies present: Powwow 102: Learning to Walk Together (While Apart) on Saturday, March 26th, 1 - 4pm Eastern over Zoom and live streamed on NASA's Facebook page @nmunasa.

This event will expand on the curriculum offered during last year's Powwow 101 event by NMU NASA, which can be found on the @nmunasa Facebook page. Powwow 102 is an educational breakdown of a traditional Native American powwow, including demonstrations by dancers and talks by traditional advisors. Framed much like a powwow's grand entry, you will first hear the sounds of the traditional drum for an opening song, followed by talks on a range of topics from the importance of regalia and beadwork, to providing tips on proper etiquette when attending a powwow.

There will be an extended period dedicated to audience discussion, only available to Zoom participants. Additionally, Zoom participants will be entered into a raffle for the chance to win e-gift cards to local businesses! Attend via Zoom to participate in this discussion and be entered into the raffle, otherwise, watch the livestream on the @nmunasa Facebook page for the duration of the event.

We can all learn to walk together this way, while apart!

This is a free event with donations encouraged. Donations will fund social activities for the Native American Student Association such as movie nights, educational field trips, and more.

Questions? Email nasa@nmu.edu & cnas@nmu.edu


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Deanna StandingCloud

Deanna StandingCloud is a citizen of the Red Lake Nation of Anishinaabe. She is currently the Urban Facilitator with Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Aanjibimaadizing program in Minneapolis. She is an active member of the Native community and is currently learning the Ojibwe language and culture, as it is the foundation for all of her work.

She is a mother, playwright, organizer, artist, community educator and advocate for Indigenous people. In the spare time she can scrape up, Deanna enjoys spending time with her children and fiancé, attending traditional ceremonies, going on nature walks, creating art, building community, and cooking yummy food.

She began emceeing powwows around 2017 for smaller school events in Minneapolis. Her big break came in 2019 when Leech Lake Labor Day powwow invited her to emcee to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous women. StandingCloud is thankful to her family and everyone for supporting her on this journey. When asked about her experience as a female powwow emcee, she stated, “It was tough to be in a space historically held by men, but when young ladies approached me saying I was inspiring to them, it made everything worth it.

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Martin Reinhardt

CNAS Faculty

Dr. Martin Reinhardt is an Anishinaabe Ojibway citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Michigan. He is a tenured professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. He is the president of the Michigan Indian Education Council, and the lead singer and songwriter for the band Waawiyeyaa (The Circle). His current research focuses on revitalizing relationships between humans and Indigenous plants and animals of the Great Lakes Region. He has taught courses in American Indian education, tribal law and government, and sociology. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the Pennsylvania State University, where his doctoral research focused on Indian education and the law with a special focus on treaty educational provisions. Martin serves as a panelist for the National Indian Education Study Technical Review Panel and as the primary investigator for the Decolonizing Diet Project. He has also served as Chair of the American Association for Higher Education American Indian/Alaska Native Caucus, and as an external advisor for the National Indian School Board Association. He also holds both a Bachelor's and a Master’s degree in Sociology.

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Leora Tadgerson

NMU Student Equity and Engagement Center

Miskopwaaganikwe -Leora L Tadgerson, is a contingent special instructor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University and MA candidate in Education Administration: American Indian Education Administration and Supervision. Her research involves Postcolonial Indigenous Theory, Tribal Critical Race Theory, and Indigenous pedagogy with an emphasis of teachings from the Great Lakes Anishinaabeg, Three Fires Confederacy. In addition to education, Lancaster works as the Community Engagement and Program Manager for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She is a member of the turtle clan and proud tribal citizen of both Gnoozhikaaning - Bay Mills Indian Community of Michigan and Wiikwemkong First Nations in Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

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Bazile Panek



Bazile Panek is a proud member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, and he was born and raised on the Red Cliff reservation. Bazile is heavily involved with his culture, regularly attending ceremonies and cultural events. In recent years, he has become a leader in his community by teaching others how to play Moccasin Game.

Currently, Bazile is a senior studying Native American Studies with minors in Sustainability and Entrepreneurship at Northern Michigan University (NMU). He has had the honor to serve and participate in various committees and organizations. At NMU, Bazile is the current President of the Native American Student Association, he serves as the Student Representative on the President’s Committee on Diversity, as well as on the Center for Native American Studies’ Curriculum Committee. At home, Bazile is a board member on the Red Cliff Business Development Corporation. Bazile has also served on various ad hoc committees, and he has educated many people about Native American culture, language, and history. Recently, Bazile was instrumental in advocating for the official recognition of Indigenous Peoples’ Day by Northern Michigan University.

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Grey Shea

Grey Shea is a proud citizen of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians from Bahweting (Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.) They are an alumnus of Northern Michigan University, holding a Bachelor's degree in Native American Studies. During their time at NMU, they were vice president of the Native American Student Association and worked at the Center for Native American Studies. Grey currently works for their tribe's Language and Culture Department as an Administrative Assistant. They love to practice traditional arts, learn Anishinaabemowin, and help others on their cultural learning journey.

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Amber Morseau


Center for Native American Studies

Amber Morseau (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians). Director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University. An alumna of Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s of science in psychology and anthropology (2016) and a master’s of arts in educational leadership, higher education student affairs (2018).  She has served as the Native American Recruitment Coordinator under the Wokini (whoa-kee-nee) Initiative at South Dakota State University and later became the American Indian Programs Coordinator. Her time at SDSU brought growth and inspiration for her to go beyond programming and recruitment to research to promote cultural connectedness to science in; “Storytelling through Science: Using Oral History and Chemistry to Revitalize Quill Working Societies,” a project focusing on decolonizing curriculum in tribal schools and the rematriation of traditional knowledge in contemporary education. She is the Secretary of the Michigan Indian Education Council. As the Director of the Center for Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, she applies her knowledge and passion for student and community growth by supporting faculty autonomy in the classroom, supporting student-led initiatives, and providing research bridges and opportunities between academic and tribal communities.

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