MSU NAISO has been working hard on putting together the 38th annual Powwow of Love! Join us on February 10, 2024 at the IM East building on MSU’s campus. Grand Entry will be at 1PM and 6PM EST.

Please check back soon for more information and additional flyers regarding specials and exhibitions. For any questions please email the NAISO board at Additionally, NAISO is still looking for vendors and volunteers! If you are interested in vending or volunteering, please fill out the appropriate applications (linked). We hope to see you there!

What is a Powwow?

A powwow has historical, spiritual, and social value to American Indian people. They are more than social events. The powwow represents continuation for the friendship which has always been extended by Indians to those who have come to Turtle Island, the native name for North America. It is a time of learning and carrying on rich cultural heritage. There is a spiritual significance in the dances, songs, and customs observed, along with the preparations for the event. It is also a chance to display artistic ability with the many arts and crafts common to the Indian people. In addition to participating in the traditional dance and song, people visit with family and friend, make new acquaintances, and develop more personal relationships, the pow-wow provides an opportunity for our young to learn from our elders and carry on tradition. We offer this experience as a way to introduce our culture in hopes of breaking stereotypes. Powwows are held throughout the United States. Even in Michigan, you can find a powwow to attend almost every weekend in the summer.

Michigan State University holds their annual Pow Wow every spring of the academic year. Contact Emily Sorroche ( if you have questions.

Powwow Etiquette

  • The Powwow of Love is open to the public – folks from all cultures are welcome!
  • Arrive on time.
  • Do not enter the dance arena or drum area unless given permission.
  • Follow MC instructions. Instructions may include standing and removing hats for the Grand Entry or refraining from photographs for an event.
  • Ask permission to take photos. If the host or MC ask you not to take photos, respect their instructions.
  • Refrain from touching dancers’ regalia without their permission.
  • Do not refer to regalia as “costumes”.
  • Feathers are sacred. If you find a feather that has fallen on the ground, do not touch it. Tell the MC or powwow host as soon as you can.
  • Powwows are sober spaces. No drugs or alcohol are permitted.
  • Pets are not permitted.
  • Elders eat first.
  • Be respectful of Native cultures. Refrain from making stereotypical, racist, or otherwise harmful comments.
  • Do not litter.