"When people hear the term 'Native American,' they think of beads and feathers," said Tai Simpson, president of the Intertribal Native Council at Boise State.
That stereotype spawned the title of the upcoming gala in celebration of Native American art and culture Beyond Beads and Feathers. The gala on Thursday, April 8, features a silent auction, fine dining and entertainment from Native artists. According to Simpson, the community at large benefits from a gala by having an opportunity to interact with Native Americans in the Treasure Valley and throughout Idaho.
"It's not a political discussion or protest of any kind," Simpson added.
Proceeds from the event go toward covering expenses related to the 17th annual Seven Arrows powwow, which takes place on Saturday, April 10, and Sunday, April 11, at Taco Bell Arena. The Powwow will bring together traditional craft vendors, storytelling and vibrant demonstrations of Native American culture. The powwow is $5 for adults and free for Boise State students, kids and seniors. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the Native American Coalition of Boise food bank and receive a discount on admission.
Gala: Thursday, April 8, 6-9 p.m., $35 per pair/$20 per person, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-381-0483, RSVP required through e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Powwow: Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m., grand entry at noon and 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m., grand entry at noon, $5 adults, FREE students, children and seniors, Taco Bell Arena, 1910 University Drive, 208-426-1900, intertribalnativecouncil.zoomshare.com.