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46th Annual California State University, Long Beach

MARCH 12 - 13, 2016 - RAIN OR SHINE!

Presented by the American Indian Studies Program , American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student Services, Division of Student Affairs, Student Life and Development, and Associated Students, Inc.

About the Pow Wow

CSULB Annual Pow Wow, Second weekend in March. website:

California State University, Long Beach’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’ central quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 12 - 13, 2016. The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the Pow Wow at Cal State Long Beach is focused on displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence. Admission and parking are free. We strongly recommend spectators to bring folding chairs.

The two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food begins at 11 AM each day and runs until 10 PM on Saturday and 7 PM on Sunday. In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be Gourd dancing with Dancer Registration closing at 2 PM on Saturday, March 12. All dancers and drums are invited.

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.

Download a Pow Wow Flyer .

About the Outreach

On Sunday, March 13 from 10 am to noon, we will be hosting an Outreach event at the Hall of Science building. The Outreach is geared to prospective CSULB applicants and their families.  You will learn about CSULB high school and transfer admission processes and student-support programs, take a tour, and get information on how to pay for college.   More information and a link to register will come shortly..

For more information about the CSULB Pow Wow or Outreach, contact Anna Nazarian-Peters (562) 985-8528 or e-mail Anna Nazarian-Peters.

A campus map and directions can be found at or you may download a Map of the Pow Wow here.

Pow Wow Schedule

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Time Event
11:00AM Gourd Dancing
1:00PM Grand Entry
2:00PM Dancer Registration Closes
4:00PM American Indian Student Council (AISC) Special

5:00PM to 6:00PM

Dinner Break - California Indian Presentation
10:00PM Closing: Retire Colors and dance out

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Time Event
11:00AM Gourd Dancing
1:00PM Grand Entry
6:00PM Closing: Awards, Retire Colors and dance out

Head Staff:

  • Master of Ceremony: Arlie Neskahi (Diné) & Bobby Whitebird (Cheyenne)
  • Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)
  • Head Man Dancer: Ashkii Keediniihii (Diné)
  • Head Woman Dancer: Shannon Ahhaitty Whiteman (Cherokee/Comanche/Kiowa)
  • Host Northern Drum: Indian Hill (Barstow, CA)
  • Head Southern Singer: Walter Ahhaitty (Cherokee/Comanche/Kiowa)
  • Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society
  • Spoonkeeper: Patricia Lopez (Taos Pueblo)
  • California Indian Presentation: Ti’at Society (Tongva)


Whitebird Family Special: Men's Northern Traditional
1st - 5th Place: Prize money and Pendleton blankets


Craft Vendor and Information Booth applications are available for download. Vendors must be in compliance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 (P.L. 101-644). For more information please visit:

Food Vendors are by invitation only.

Craft Vendor Application PDF

Information Booth Application PDF

Host Hotel

Hotel Current special rate of $119 plus 12% tax is only good if reserved by February 25th. This rate includes an American breakfast buffet, free parking, free Wi-Fi, and shuttle service to and from Cal State Long Beach. Please e-mail Nia Eng at or call 562-597-1341 Ext, 117 to reserve your room.

5325 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, CA 90804.

Parking Information

Enter the campus from 7th St., Atherton, Bellflower Blvd., or Palo Verde Ave. and follow directional signs to park in Lot 1, 3, 18, or 14 for General Parking. Singers, Dancers, and Head Staff follow directional signs to Lot 4 or Lot 5; Vendors park in Lot 8.

A campus map and directions can be found at

You can also download a Map of the Pow Wow here.

Links for Pow Wow Websites