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Pow Wow Set For March 8-9

Published: March 3, 2014

Pow Wow Set For March 8-9


CSULB’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the Upper Campus Central Quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9. Admission and parking are free and it is recommended spectators bring folding chairs.

The 44th 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.

“We are celebrating 45 years of American Indian Studies, the oldest American Indian Studies program west of the Mississippi, at our 44th annual Pow Wow,” said Craig Stone, Director of the American Indian Studies Program at CSULB and faculty advisor to the campus’ American Indian Student Council and Pow Wow Committee. “We are looking forward to the next 45 years and beyond.”

In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be gourd dancing with dancer registration closing at 2 p.m. on March 8. All dancers and drums are invited.

Members of the head staff and their affiliations are:

  • Master of Ceremony: John Dawson (San Carlos Apache) and Bobby Whitebird (Cheyenne)
  • Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)
  • Head Man Dancer: Nathan Chasing Horse (Lakota)
  • Head Lady Dancer: Shandiin Yellowhorse (Dinéh)
  • Host Northern Drum: Bear Springs
  • Head Southern Singer: Steve Bohay (Kiowa)
  • Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society
  • Spoonkeeper: Patricia Lopez (Taos Pueblo)
  • California Indian Presentation: Ti’at Society (Tongva)

Saturday’s schedule of events is gourd dancing, 11 a.m.; grand entry, 1 p.m.; dancer registration closing, 2 p.m.; American Indian Student Council Special, 4 p.m.; dinner and California Indian presentation, 5-6 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, 1 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.

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.