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Veteran’s Day Pow Wow

Photo of fancy dancers at Owyhee PowWow

When I shared with my students here in Owyhee on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation that we would be hosting all of the other TRIO Upward Bound Boise State University programs for the Veteran’s Day POWWOW event here, they were all so surprised. They wondered why others would want to travel all the way to our little town, and experience a piece of their culture. The next reaction was excitement at getting the opportunity to do just that. Senior, Lance Owyhee stepped right into the role of student leader for the event. He planned and produced a video sharing about the reservation and cultural information. He then wrote out a presentation on POWWOW etiquette to give at the luncheon. Senior, Isabella Pasqual took on the role of making a slide presentation of POWWOW dances and regalia worn for each type of dance.

Photo of UB students serving food at Owyhee PowWow

The students here all thought it was important to have a traditional meal, “the food was delicious and I was able to try new things that I surprisingly really liked,” said senior Alex Gurrola from Nampa High School. The food vendors at the POWWOW usually serve more modern items. So, together with the help of two experts we prepared Indian biscuits, deer and elk stew, and chokecherry pudding to serve to all of the attendees of the event. According to Brianna Miller, senior at Meridian High School, “the food was spectacular, they provided us with a venison stew that was like a little piece of heaven.”

Photo of UB Students sitting in the bleachers at Owyhee PowWow

On the day of the event, Owyhee students had a happy time reconnecting with friends from the other programs, as did students from other programs, like senior Payton Horkely from Nampa High School who recalled he “loved seeing all [his] Owyhee friends and where they have grown up.” New Owyhee students to TRIO Upward Bound were surprised at how many students there are altogether. It was a great opportunity and they all enjoyed getting to share the day.

By Jennifer Streeter
Owyhee TRIO UB Specialist