Information on the upcoming "Learning to Walk Together" Pow Wow coming soon!

Each year the Native American Student Association at Northern Michigan University, in conjunction with NMU’s Center for Native American Studies, puts on a pow wow, which is now a tradition in the Marquette area. 

Generally held in March, this traditional pow wow is a two-day affair that is widely attended by NMU faculty, staff and students, as well as by people from across the Midwest. The pow wow was named the “Learning to Walk Together,” pow wow when it was founded in 1992 and 2010 will mark its 18th year. 

The event features three sessions each with a grand entry, veterans' honor song, male and female traditional dances, jingle dress and grass dance exhibitions as well as fancy bustle and fancy shawl dance exhibitions, Social dances such as the round dance and two-step are also featured and the audience is invited to participate. Audience members will also enjoy shopping at the various vendors and artisian booths. The pow wow can truly be a learning experiences.

The pow wow is generously supported by many sponsors. If you would like to learn more about the pow wow or to become a contributor, contact the Center for Native American Studies at or 906-227-1397.

We hope to see you at the pow wow in March 2010!


Learn to Walk Pow Wow

The pow wow begins with the Grand Entry and the Flag Song followed by Veterans' Honor Song.  All Veterans - male/female, Native/non-Native are honored this way.  The Emcee will provide information on the dances including:  male and female traditional dances, jingle dress and grass dance, and male and female fancy dance.  Social dances, such as the inter-tribal, round dance and two-step, are also featured and the audience is invited to participate.  Artisan and vendor booths provide a variety of craft items, reference materials, and food.  A pow wow can truly be a cultural learning experience.

With any new experience, it may be helpful to know certain cultural protocols as you participate in or watch the events unfold before you. The Emcee will provide some information and we also put together a Pow wow Etiquette sheet to help. 

Volunteer and Vendors

Organizing a pow wow is a lot of work.  The Pow wow Committee appreciates all the volunteers who take their time to assist us.  We will be seeking volunteers in a number of areas - set-up, tear-down, security, runners, and front desk. We are especially grateful to the many volunteers who help in so many ways!

We will have two volunteer orientations the week of the pow wow for those who are not familiar with all the activities. NASA will go over information on the NASA pow wow committee, the pow wow, the feast, and the volunteer responsibilities. See the Volunteer Handbook for general information on pow wow protocol. 

Any questions, please contact the NASA President Kristina Misegan ( or NASA Vice President Grey Shea (, or feel free to call the Center for Native American Studies: (906) 227-1397

Vendor Information - Vendor booths are by invitation only. All invitations have been sent for the 2019 powwow. 



Chi-miigwech for the assistance behind-the-scenes:  Sherri Aldred, Robin Chosa, Chef Chris Kibit, Dan Best at the Marquette National Guard Armory, NMU Hospitality Management, Center for Native American Studies faculty and staff, Native American Language and Culture Club, Students in NAS 488 Native American Service Learning Project (Dr. Martin Reinhardt, Instructor), Double Trouble DJ’s, and all our vendors!  A special thanks to all the volunteers!  We simply could not do it without you.


Community contributions are also appreciated from: 

This event is hosted by the NMU Native American Student Association and is made possible with support from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the NMU Multicultural Education and Resource Center, and the many other departments at Northern Michigan University who have supported our projects throughout the years.

The following businesses, individuals and organizations: Aubree’s, Biggby Coffee, Border Grill, BSB Farms, Buffalo Wild Wings, Casa Calabria, Cedar Tree Institute, Cherry Creek Market, Country Inn & Suites, Culver’s Frozen Custard, Dead River Coffee Shop, Domino’s, Family Video, Econo Foods, Forsberg Flowers, Huron Mountain Bakery, Jean Kay’s Pasties, Jilbert’s Dairy, Kewadin Casinos, Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery, Marquette Food Co-Op, NMU Bookstore, Northern Waters Casino Resort. Ojibwa Casino Resort, Rare Earth Goods, Spice Merchants, Super One Foods, The Pasta Shop, Thill’s Fish House, and Walmart.


Walk with Us Pow Wow

If you would like to learn more about the pow wow or to become a contributor, contact Kristina Misegan (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community) with the Native American Student Association at or 906-227-1397. 

See our photo album.

NASA invited Keith Secola to perform in concert on the Friday before the pow wow. See photo highlights of W16 Keith Secola Concert. Allison Kublin created a unique poster to promote the concert - see Keith Secola Poster
See the W16 LTWT Poster. See photos at the CNAS Flickr site: W16 23rd LTWT Pow wow

This two-day event marked our 20th annual pow wow!  It was held on Saturday, March 17 - Sunday, March 18, 2012 at the Vandament Arena.  See the LTWT Poster! 


Kahurangi and Pow wow poster here

Kahurangi Maori Highlights

Pow Wow Poster here

Photo album