WEBVTT 00:00:04.000 --> 00:00:08.000 My name is Lupe Geronimo. I'm part of the Multicultural Student Union club here on campus. 00:00:08.000 --> 00:00:14.000 This year, it was a great pleasure to be a part of the 18th annual Pow-Wow 00:00:14.000 --> 00:00:17.000 as well with my partner Paola Sumoza. 00:00:17.000 --> 00:00:20.000 The Pow-Wow is one expression of living Native American culture. 00:00:20.000 --> 00:00:26.000 It is a significant way in which American Indian traditions and cultures can be presented 00:00:26.000 --> 00:00:30.000 to contemporary people, Indians and non-Indians alike. 00:00:30.000 --> 00:00:36.000 For some, the ceremony and other events may appear to be only a form of entertainment 00:00:36.000 --> 00:00:40.000 with colorful regalia, drumming, singing, and dancing. 00:00:40.000 --> 00:00:47.000 But the Pow-Wow is far more than that. It is the reenactment of certain spiritual and emotional aspects of our humanity. 00:00:47.000 --> 00:00:54.000 Every song, every gesture, every detail of the [unintelligible] illustrates part of our heritage 00:00:54.000 --> 00:00:57.000 as a people with roots and distant pasts. 00:00:57.000 --> 00:00:64.000 Through the Pow-Wow we pay respect and honor our forefathers, our elders, families, 00:01:04.000 --> 00:01:09.000 famous American-Indians, or veterans and events from our history. 00:01:09.000 --> 00:01:18.000 In addition, the Pow-Wow repairs Native American traditions of sharing, hospitality, and generosity. 00:01:18.000 --> 00:01:24.000 It is important to remember the visual enactment of aspects of our culture and traditions reflects 00:01:24.000 --> 00:01:28.000 reverence and respect for our ancestry. 00:01:28.000 --> 00:01:32.000 It is also a reflection of the human and spiritual bond between us all. 00:01:32.000 --> 00:01:40.000 We are our heritage and it is extremely important to us as people to keep it alive. 00:01:40.000 --> 00:01:45.000 This is a source of our identity as human beings. 00:01:54.000 --> 00:01:58.000 My name is Paola Sumoza, and I'm the Activities Director for the Multicultural Student Union 00:01:58.000 --> 00:01:61.000 and the co-coordinator for this year's Pow-Wow. 00:02:01.000 --> 00:02:08.000 I'm so glad that I would get to be part of this great event that MSU puts out every year. 00:02:08.000 --> 00:02:12.000 Why we put the Pow-Wow. Basically we put it because we educate 00:02:12.000 --> 00:02:17.000 the community and students about the Native American culture. 00:02:17.000 --> 00:02:20.000 We want them to really understand the traditions and the costumes, 00:02:20.000 --> 00:02:24.000 and get a better understanding of a Pow-Wow. 00:02:24.000 --> 00:02:31.000 We do a Pow-Wow because, I think, it gets them the visual perspective, rather than telling stories. 00:02:31.000 --> 00:02:35.000 They can understand by seeing the different cultures, the regalia, 00:02:35.000 --> 00:02:42.000 the drumming, the songs, so it's a great experience to just come and learn and watch.