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The Brigham Young University campus is reverberating with the sounds of Polynesian drums, Latin dancing and American Indian powwows as BYU's Student Association and the Multicultural Department sponsor "Lamanite Week: People of Promise."

The annual celebration of American Indian and Polynesian students was created "to give students here on campus an opportunity to celebrate who they are and what they are," said Lamanite Week Director John Quereto.The dances, food and costumes are all characteristic parts of the cultures many of the students come from, Quereto said. "It is more than just a show. It is what makes us different."

Quereto, a BYU senior majoring in psychology, first got involved with Lamanite Week three years ago when he volunteered to participate in some of the events.

This year, the celebration is going to do something different, Quereto said.

"We are going to bring about 130 kids from high schools out of California, Arizona, Utah and Montana onto campus and show them the possibility of going to college. Our aim is to help them realize what they can do."

One successful element of the program is the leadership skills provided for participating students, Quereto said.

"We hope people will come because it gives, at least in the eyes of the students, a little more validity to what they do and what they are. Sure, we'll have a good time if nobody shows up, but we are proud of what we are and what we do."


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Celebration schedule

Tuesday, March 24

- Polynesian cultures, noon show

- Luau dinner/show, Wilkinson Center Ballroom, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25

- Speaker: Robert S. McPherson, historian, on "Learning of the People: Older Navajo Women Speak," Varsity Theater, 11 a.m.

- Latin cultures, noon show

- Movie: "Dances With Wolves," Varsity Theater, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

- Latin fiesta dinner/show/dance, Wilkinson Center Ballroom, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 26

- Speaker: Edwin Itsuo Tano, president of Chinle Arizona LDS Stake, on "The Organization of the Chinle Arizona Stake and its Meaning to the Navajo and Hopi Indians," Varsity Theater, 11 a.m.

- Lamanite Generation, deJong Concert Hall, 4 and 7:30 p.m.

- Alumni banquet, Wilkinson Center Memorial Lounge, 4 p.m.

- Miss Indian BYU Talent Presentations, Jospeh Smith Building Auditorium, 9:30 p.m.

Friday, March 27

- American Indian cultures, noon show

- Miss Indian BYU coronation, Wilkinson Center Garden Court, 1 p.m.

- Powwow registration, Wilkinson Center East Lounge, 1 p.m.

- Powwow grand entry, Wilkinson Center Ballroom, 3 p.m.

- Movie: "Dances With Wolves, Varsity Theater, 3 and 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 28

- Fun run, 8 a.m.

- Awards banquet, 6 p.m.

- Dance, 9 to 11:30 p.m.