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University’s Annual Pow Wow Scheduled For March 12-13

Published: March 1, 2011

CSULB’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the Upper Campus Central Quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13. Admission and parking are free.

The 41st annual two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food, begins at 11 a.m. each day and runs until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday.

In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be gourd dancing with dancer registration closing at 2 p.m. on March 12. All dancers and drums are invited.

“We are celebrating 42 years of American Indian studies, the oldest American Indian Studies program west of the Mississippi, and the 41st annual Pow Wow,” said Craig Stone, professor of American Indian Studies and Art at CSULB and faculty advisor to the campus’ American Indian Student Council and Pow Wow Committee. “We are looking forward to the next 41 years and beyond.”

Members of the head staff and their affiliations are:

• Master of ceremonies: John Dawson (San Carlos Apache)

• Arena director: Victor Chavez (Diné)

• Head man dancer: Taite Honadick (Mohave/Navajo)

• Head lady dancer: Beth Phoenix Glasco (Otoe-Missouria/Diegueño)

• Head southern singer: Charles Cozad (Kiowa)

• Host northern drum: All Nations (Bay Area)

• Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society

• Spoonkeeper: Michael Cruz (Chumash)

Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art.

The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the Pow Wow at CSULB is focused on displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence.

The event is presented by CSULB’s American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student Services, Student Life and Development, the Division of Student Services, and Associated Students Inc.

For more information about the event, e-mail powwow@csulb.edu, call 562/985-8528 or visit its website. A campus map and directions can be found at website www.csulb.edu/maps.