Despite dramatic challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the UO’s traditional Mother’s Day Powwow will continue as the event moves to virtual space for its 52nd annual gathering.
The co-directors of the Native American Student Union announced that the longstanding gathering, which had been scheduled to take place at McArthur Court on May 8 and 9, will now be held online as a Facebook event. Even so, the powwow will feature traditional dance, food, music, regalia and ceremonial observances.
“We are hosting the virtual UO Mother’s Day Powwow to bring positivity to our community, students, faculty, family, friends and all throughout Indian Country during these stressful and concerning times,” a statement said. “Everyone is welcome to share their beautiful regalia, moves and love!”
A fixture at the UO for more than 40 years, the Native American Student Union is the second-oldest student union on campus. Its mission is to help indigenous people maintain cultural values while at the university and support the educational success of the Native American community. The student union also participates in the recruitment and retention of Native American students.