• Abigail Hall

OU Gamma Delta Pi's benefit dance to raise funds for chapter's events

Originally published at OU Daily 29 March, 2019

OU's Gamma Delta Pi chapter will hold its second annual benefit dance event Sunday, March 31.

The benefit dance is a powwow and will include traditional dance contests, raffles and an Indian taco sale. The event will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31 in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, with the gourd dance.

The benefit will raise funds for the chapter's events, such as their missing and murdered indigenous women week, which raises awareness of the cause, said Natha Little Crow, Miss Indian OU for the academic year 2019-20, Gamma Delta Pi cultural chair, pre-nursing and Native American studies sophomore. 

Additionally, the event raises money for the chapter's philanthropy, Oklahoma Native Alliance Against Violence, which is located in Norman. It is Oklahoma's only tribal domestic violence and sexual assault coalition, Little Crow said. 

The Indian taco sale will begin at 4 p.m., and the evening will conclude with the intertribal dance at 6 p.m.

The intertribal dance invites Natives and non-Natives to dance together across the arena in social dances such as round and two-step dances, Little Crow said. 

Little Crow said event attendees will experience a blend of tribal cultures and dances. 

"I think it's really cool to come and see," Little Crow said. "You'll see different protocols for different dances, you'll see different dances, we'll probably announce different meanings to what we're doing."

Non-Natives are invited to the benefit dance but are asked to be respectful of Native people and traditions, Little Crow said.

"I feel like it's really important to remind people that we're also people," Little Crow said. "You shouldn't touch things that aren't yours. You shouldn't take pictures of people without asking them. When we have events like this, we really rely on people to be respectful."

The second annual benefit dance will begin at 2 p.m. in Molly Shi Boren Ballroom in the Oklahoma Memorial Union. Entrance to the event is free and open to the public. 

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