Traditional Native American dancing and drumming is underway today at the 12th annual University of Iowa Powwow. The event is gathering dozens of tribes and thousands of spectators from all across the U-S. U-of-I student Virjinya Hicks is helping organize the event. Hicks, who is part Cherokee and Seminole, says powwows are gatherings where tribes can display the uniqueness, dignity and survival of Native American cultures. She says they’re important events where Native peoples can socialize, exchange news and display new songs and dance steps. Hicks says dozens of tribes and nations will be represented at the powwow along with more than 60 vendors of Native arts and crafts — and food. The powwow is one of the largest annual student events at the U-of-I. It continues through Sunday.