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Fundraiser honors Native American traditions with song and dance

March 24, 1997

By Jennifer Paschal / The Baylor Lariat

A Native American Indian performs a ritual dance Saturday afternoon at the Native American Indian Festival at the Ferrel Special Events Center.

By Ashlee Ross

Lariat Assistant City Editor

In an effort to raise funds for the Native American Student Association (NASA), Native Americans from Texas and nearby states congregated in the fourth annual Pow-Wow Saturday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The 'Spirit of the Drum' celebration began with a tribute to the American and Texas flags. People of all ages were in native dress and danced in the flag tribute.

Keith Bullock, a Cleveland graduate student and Pow-Wow chair, presented an appreciation plaque and a beaded tie to Dr. William Hillis, vice-president for student life. The group also expressed appreciation to President Robert B. Sloan Jr., also presenting him with a plaque and a beaded tie.

Sloan's son, Paul, accepted the award on behalf of his father, who was unable to attend.

Pearl Beverly, coordinator for multicultural activities, was honored with a Native American blanket.

'She's been my Baylor mother,' Bullock commented about Beverly. 'I'm just like one of her kids. She's taught me a lot of things.'

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