SALT LAKE CITY — The culture and traditions of Native Americans will be the focus of a daylong event at the University of Utah campus. The 42nd annual Powwow will begin Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. It is free and open to the public.

The Powwow is organized by the U.'s Inter-Tribal Student Association and begins at noon with an arena blessing followed by the ceremonial Grand Entry, a parade of participants in full tribal regalia entering the dance circle in sync with the drums. This year's host drum will be Minnesota's Midnite Express, a champion native drum group within many Powwow circles.

"The Powwow is a long and proud tradition at the U.," said Octavio Villalpando, associate vice president for equity and diversity at the U. "It is an exciting way for the U. to support American Indian students and community, honor their contributions and learn to appreciate the native history and culture that underpins that of our state and region."

Powwows are a time-honored tradition of celebration, an opportunity for tribal members from throughout the Intermountain West and others to meet together.

To respect the participants and the activities, proper etiquette guidelines are available online, as well as the full schedule of events, at