American Indian cultures, traditions to be celebrated in WPSU documentary

November 3, 2014 at 6:29 pm Leave a comment

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Friends: For all of you who were supporters, participants, volunteers, and attendees of the New Faces of An Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow over the past eleven years, and those of you interested in learning more, “As Long as We Dance” is a documentary produced by WPSU showcasing the powwow. Click the link below to see the trailer for the documentary, which will be aired nationwide and is premiering on WPSU-TV Thursday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m. We hope you enjoy the documentary, and we appreciate your interest and support over the years which helped to make the powwow one of the best. Thank you! — John and Victoria

“As Long As We Dance” set to debut on WPSU-TV Thursday, Nov. 6
“As Long As We Dance: The New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow” will debut on WPSU-TV at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6. The 30-minute documentary showcases the stories of American Indian dancers, drummers, vendors and organizers, many of whom traveled thousands of miles to participate in the State College-based powwow.

October 30, 2014
American Indian cultures, traditions to be celebrated in WPSU documentary
Fewer than 200 American Indians call central Pennsylvania home, but thousands have gathered in State College once a year for more than a decade to celebrate and embrace their various cultures, traditions and values.

“As Long As We Dance: The New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow” will debut at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, on WPSU-TV. The 30-minute documentary showcases the stories of American Indian dancers, drummers, vendors and organizers, many of whom traveled thousands of miles to participate in the powwow. November also marks Native American Heritage Month.

John Sanchez, associate professor for news media ethics at Penn State’s College of Communications, organized the annual powwow since its inception 11 years ago. Sanchez, an Apache American Indian, hopes viewers see Americans Indians as they would anyone else.

“My hope is that people get a better understanding of who we are as a people,” said Sanchez. “We’re lawyers, professors, nurses and bricklayers, and we’re doing our best to hold onto our culture.”

During the most recent powwow, which was held at State College Area School District’s Mount Nittany Middle School, more than 6,500 people, including approximately 150 dancers representing 20 different American Indian reservations around the United States and Canada, attended the two-day event.

The traditional powwow, which teaches honor and respect for the languages, cultures and traditions of the participants, convened for the last time this spring. Although the powwow will not continue, its impact will live in perpetuity as a trustee scholarship was created through Penn State to honor the event.

For more information about the New Faces of an Ancient People American Indian Powwow, visit wpsu.org/powwow.

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