University’s Annual Pow Wow Scheduled For March 10-11Published: March 1, 2012
CSULB’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the Upper Campus Central Quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11. Admission and parking are free.
The 42nd annual two-day event, which features 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 11. All dancers and drums are invited.
“We are celebrating the ongoing commitment to American Indian Studies at CSULB, the oldest American Indian Studies program west of the Mississippi, at our 42nd annual homecoming and celebration of life,” said Craig Stone, professor of American Indian Studies and Art at CSULB and faculty advisor to the American Indian Student Council, AISES, and the Pow Wow Committee. “We are proud of our students who not only excel in their studies but dedicate countless hours to organizing the Pow Wow and other campus events.”
Members of the head staff and their affiliations are:
• Master of Ceremony: John Dawson (San Carlos Apache)
• Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)
• Head Man Dancer: Rene Jaramillo Navarro (Lipan/Mescalero Apache)
• Head Lady Dancer: Heidi Jaramillo Navarro (Muscogee Creek)
• Host Northern Drum: Eagle Rib (Tsuu T’ina First Nation, Alberta, Canada)
• Head Southern Singer: Herschel Kaulaity (Southern Cheyenne/Kiowa)
• Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society
• Spoonkeeper: Patricia Lopez (Taos Pueblo)
Saturday’s schedule of events is gourd dancing, 11 a.m.; grand entry, 2 p.m.; dancer registration closing, 2 p.m.; American Indian Student Council special, 4 p.m.; dinner and California Indian presentation-Ti’at Society, 5 p.m.; and retire colors and dance out, 10 p.m.
On Sunday, the schedule of events is gourd dancing, 11 a.m.; grand entry, 2 p.m.; and awards, retire colors and dance out, 6 p.m. 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.