50th Annual UO Mother’s Day Powwow
May 11 • 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
One event on May 12, 2018 at 12:00pm
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the annual Mother’s Day Powwow put on by the University of Oregon’s Native American Student Union (NASU), and it’s an exciting golden anniversary of honoring women and mothers in the Native community. “Native women are the backbones of our communities,” says Mitchell Lira, the NASU co-director and a citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Because of women, Lira says, native communities have been able to survive on Turtle Island — another name for North America according to a Native American creation story. This 50th birthday is a big feat since it allows the Mother’s Day Powwow to be designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition, a title it will receive this year, says Beth Dehn, Heritage Commission Coordinator with the State of Oregon. To receive this designation, adds Dehn, the Heritage Commission Coordinator, an event must be in “continuous operation for more than 50 years, demonstrate a public profile and have a reputation that distinguishes it from more routine events and add to the livability and identity of the state.” Dehn says that honoring Native communities and their large role in Oregon’s identity is important, especially considering they have been historically overlooked. Lira and Dehn both say this event serves as a way for people from many communities to come together. “Seeing so many Native people together is always powerful and seeing non-natives coming and being respectful and learning about who we are as people is important,” Lira says.
The 50th Annual University of Oregon Mother’s Day Powwow is 6 pm to 11 pm Friday, May 11, and noon to 11 pm Saturday, May 12, at MacArthur Court on the University of Oregon campus. More info on the UO NASU Facebook page. FREE. — By Taylor Griggs