New Faces of an Ancient People

Dancer at the New Faces of an Ancient People PowwowApril 1-2, 2017

Penn State is hosting the 13th annual "New Faces of an Ancient People Traditional American Indian Powwow" in April 2017 at Mount Nittany Middle School. 

Admission is free
and the public is invited to attend.

A traditonal American Indian powwow is a contemporary social gathering and celebration of community featuring American Indian drum music and songs, Native American dance, and Native American foods, as well as American Indian vendors showing and selling their arts and crafts. This powwow is recognized as one of the finest family friendly events available in the State College Area.

In the past, the powwow had more than 160 Native Dancers visit from as far as New Mexico, Canada, South Dakota and other American Indian Communities.

In addition more than 5,000 people visited the powwow to sample American Indian foods, buy American Indian items from Native Vendors, and to observe traditional American Indian Dancers and Singers.


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Mount Nittany Middle School, 656 Brandywine Drive, State College, Pa.

Head Staff

  • Host Drum: Maza Napkin, Yankton, South Dakota
  • Co-Host Drum: Silver Cloud Singers, New York City
  • Co-Host Drum: Thunder Earth, Ontario, Canada
  • Co-Host Drum: Chaska Hotain Singers, Sioux Valley, Manitoba, Canada
  • Co-Host Drum: Thunder Nation (Southern Drum), Pittsburgh
  • Arena Director: Roger Campbell, Sisseton/Wahpeton Dakota Sioux, Sisseton, South Dakota / Vietnam
  • Assistant Arena Director: Brave Heart Sanchez, Ndeh Apache, State College, Pennsylvania
  • Emcee: Guy Jones, Standing Rock Indian Reservation, Standing Rock, North Dakota
  • Head Male Dancer: Clayton Logan, Cattaraugus Seneca, New York / Vietnam
  • Head Female Dancer: Ojibwe, Wawaskinaga (White River First Nation), Ontario, Canada
  • Head Veteran Dancer: Robin Bowen, Sisseton/Wahpeton Dakota Sioux. Sisseton, South Dakota / Desert Storm Theatre
  • Head Cook: Mike Zerby, Mission Band Potawatomi 
  • Storyteller: Dolores Santha, Comanche/Seneca, Missouri

Call for Volunteers

The 2016 powwow committee is looking for volunteers now to assist with the logistical aspects of the powwow. Volunteers are needed for powwow set-up, work in the American Indian Kitchen, errands/supplies/facilities, powwow take-down, and various other duties.

This year, we are asking volunteers to spend time with use in four (4) hour blocks of time. Please consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity to volunteer to share your time with American Indian cultures.

Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Bruce Teeple, at for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Thanks for considering sharing your time with the American Indian Powwow.

Contact Us

For more information about our powwow and how you can participate, please email John Sanchez at He is our powwow coordinator and he is always happy to talk powwow.

John Sanchez /
123 Carnegie Building
Dept. of Journalism
Penn State
University Park, PA 16802-5100

Group of drummers at the 2014 Powwow