"Most importantly,” she said, "I think it’s important for our students to have that kind of event within their own school district and see that their school district promotes it and endorses it.
"We really try to push a lot of cultural pride and build self-esteem, and hopefully it translates in the classroom.”
Whether the dance category is traditional, jingle or fancy shawl, the experience is memorable for participants as well as spectators.
Yellowfish hopes participation in the powwow leads students to become involved in other activities.
"Through the different programs that we have,” she said, "they learn powwow etiquette; they learn dancing; they learn gourd dancing.
"So this, the powwow, is a time for them to kind of really showcase what they’ve learned.”