Six individuals were recognized at the 2017 Seven Arrows Powwow for their work supporting Native American students, academics, community, activism and culture.
The powwow showcases the customs of Native Americans in full regalia, and visitors can try authentic Native American food and browse booths set up by regional vendors selling handmade items such as instruments, beaded jewelry, art and hand drums. In addition, dancers of all ages compete for thousands of dollars in prizes.
The individuals recognized at this year’s event were:
- Student Brooke Putra for her work in helping recognize Indigenous People’s Day at Boise State University.
- Mike Cutler from Boise State Counseling Services for his work with supporting Native American students on campus. He has been the Intertribal Native Council advisor in past years and works with Tunnel of Oppression.
- Art professor Larry McNeil, for his elevation of Native American culture through his art and photography.
- Sallie Monday with the local chapter of Idle No More, a movement aimed at protecting the earth for all people.
- Celia Espinoza, for founding Idaho Stands with Standing Rock. Her organization held donation drives and she traveled to North Dakota to make deliveries and help at the camps.
- Ronald Sam for his work with the Red River Powwow Association, an organization that keeps the powwow traditions and culture alive in Idaho.
The honorees received medallions designed by Tlingit student Ashley Young. Young is from Alaska and is a student in the department of art.