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Tribal Talks: Breaking Boundaries & Teton Powwow

Tribal Talks: Breaking Boundaries & Teton Powwow

Jackson, WY—Central Wyoming College and the Wyoming Humanities Council are offering a lecture series “Tribal Talks: Breaking Boundaries,” Thursdays, March 2, March 23, and May 4, 6 p.m. in the Teton County Library Auditorium. The presentations are free and open to the public.

These talks are designed to encourage dialogue and engagement between the Teton County community and tribal communities with insight into the historical and contemporary issues of tribal people. Presentations are about 30 minutes and followed with questions and dialogue with the audience.

Thursday, March 2, 6 pm
“Carrying Indigenous Wisdom into the Future,” presented by Central Wyoming College’s Tribal Education Coordinator Ivan Posey and CWC’s Tribal Wisdom Society. They will discuss the value and challenges of understanding and passing on the traditions and wisdom of indigenous people.

 Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m.
“Reintroduction of Bison: Traditional and Contemporary Values” by Jason Baldes and Shane Doyle. This talk will explore the historical relationships between people and buffalo, and the importance of restoring the connection of youth and community to this incredible animal.

Thursday, May 4, 6 pm
Jacki Klancher, Central Wyoming College’s Professor of Environmental Science and Health and Director of Instruction and Research at the Alpine Science Institute and CWC students Aidan Hereford, Jada Antelope, and Antoine Day present “New Voices: from Everest Base Camp to the Continental Divide.”

In May 2022, Klancher hiked with five Central Wyoming College students to Everest Base Camp to conduct scientific research. The CWC student team was comprised of four Indigenous students Jada Antelope, Aidan Darissa Hereford, Red Thunder Spoonhunter, Antoine Day, and first-generation student Ryan Towne.

With support from Wyoming EPSCOR, Rocky Mountain Alliance for Minority Participation and the Wyoming NASA Space Grant Consortium, this team paired with MeteoTracker technology manufacturers to test portable climate sensors. In Spring 2022, in partnership with the Full Circle Everest Expedition and local Nepalese guides, a small team traveled to Everest Base Camp to assess the use of these sensors for high elevation data collection. This talk will describe the rationale behind this effort and how it relates to alpine conditions in Wyoming, and will provide students with the opportunity to describe some of their adventures.

These talks are generously supported by the Central Wyoming College, Wyoming Humanities Council, Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Wyoming PBS, and the Teton County Library.

What: Central Wyoming College and Wyoming Humanities Council host “Tribal Talks: Breaking Boundaries”
When: Thursdays, March 2, March 23, and May 4, 6 p.m.
Where: Teton County Library Auditorium, 125 Virginian Ln, Jackson, WY 83001
Cost: Free and open to the public


Native American Showcase and Teton Powwow
Center for the Arts & Snow King Events Center
Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20, 2023

Jackson Hole and the surrounding region are ancestral lands for Indigenous Peoples and are valued for their rich natural and scenic resources. Indigenous knowledge keepers will share their rich culture, traditions, dance and history at the Native American Showcase and Teton Powwow.

On Friday, May 19, the Community Education Program offers free educational presentations around American Indian culture at the Center for the Arts throughout the day. The ticketed Native American Dance Showcase on Saturday, May 20, 7 p.m. will preview dance traditions that will be presented on Saturday at the 3rd Annual Teton Powwow at the Snow King Events Center. 

Teton Powwow is a full-day celebration of American Indian cultures and takes place on Saturday, May 20.  The Powwow features dancers representing many tribes throughout the West who will compete in many traditional and contemporary dance forms.  Central Wyoming College’s Tribal Wisdom Society students and Native American Jump Start will collaborate to manage the powwow and educational programs. 

During the Powwow, craftspeople and artisans will offer a colorful array of arts such as beaded jewelry and artwork and food vendors will sell delectable food options.  Grounds Blessing begins at 10 a.m. and the colorful Grand Entry begins at 12 p.m. with an all ages Powwow dance competition in categories including Men’s/Teens/Boys Traditional Dance, Chicken Dance, Fancy Dance, Jingle Dance, and Grass Dance, Women’s/Teens/Girls Traditional Dress, Buckskin Dress, Jingle Dress and Fancy Shawl.

What: Native American Showcase: Community Education Program and Dance Showcase
Where: Center for the Arts, 240 S Glenwood St, Jackson, WY
When: Friday, May 19, 2023, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Native American Showcase: Community Education Program
7-8:30 p.m.  Dance Showcase
Cost:  Day events Free; Evening $50/$25/$15 Tickets: Center for the Arts Box Office

What: 3rd Annual Teton Powwow                                                                                                                                       
Where: Snow King Event Center, 100 E Snow King Ave, Jackson, WY
When: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost: Free. Donations encouraged.

These events are generously sponsored by the Central Wyoming College, Native American Jump Start, Wyoming Humanities Council, Jackson Hole Travel and Tourism, the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, Springhill Suites, and the Center for the Arts.

Central Wyoming College’s mission is to transform lives and strengthen communities through learning, leadership and connection. The college includes a main campus in Riverton, both an outreach center and the Alpine Science Institute in Lander, as well as outreach centers in Jackson and Dubois. CWC is a designated Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution (NASNTI), and serves the largest American Indian student population in the state of Wyoming.


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