University of Montana hosts 50th Kyiyo Celebration

Posted at 2:40 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 16:40:22-04

MISSOULA – Some of the best Native American dancers and drum groups in North America gathered at the University of Montana on Friday and Saturday for the 50th Annual Kyiyo Celebration.

The event was held at the Adams Center by the Kyiyo Native American Student Association with this year’s theme being “Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Future.”

The powwow gave the Native American community a chance to share its culture with UM’s campus, Missoula, and each other. 

The celebration included a family team dance and an art exhibit to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women as well as a hand drum contest in memory of those lost to suicide.

Organizers said the cost of hosting the powwow has risen in recent years so the club actively fundraises year-round. 

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