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39th Annual Pow Wow Slated for March 7-8

Published: March 2, 2009

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The American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Council, Native American Alumni and Friends Chapter, the Division of Student Services, and Associated Students Inc., at CSULB, will host the 39th Annual Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday, March 7 and 8, on the campus’ Central Quadrangle. Admission and parking to this American Indian social event are free.

Pow Wow at CSULB is an American Indian celebration and is the largest spring event of its kind in Southern California. Focused on displaying the university’s strong American-Indian presence, the two-day event will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food beginning at 11 a.m. each day and running 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 Saturday. All dancers and drums are invited.

“Our celebration this year will have many special aspects including a men’s traditional and men’s fancy dance specials,” said Craig Stone, a professor of American-Indian Studies who has served as the faculty advisor to the CSULB Pow Wow Committee for the past two decades. “We have the honor of introducing two new dancers into the arena whose families have been a part of our celebration for many years and we also expect to have many CSULB Native American alumni traveling from out of state to support our head lady dancer, Donna GoingSnake-Falls Down and our head man dancer, Ben Wolf. This is shaping up to be a reunion of our CSULB alumni and faculty whom we have not seen in many years.”

This year’s master of ceremonies is John Dawson (San Carlos Apache); Arena Director, Leroy “JR” LaPlante (Lakota); Head Man Dancer, Ben Wolf (Kiowa); Head Lady Dancer, Donna GoingSnake-Falls Down (United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee); Head Southern Singer, Gene Ray Ahboah (Kiowa); Host Northern Drum, White Cloud (Southern California); Host Gourd, Golden State Gourd Society; and Spoonkeeper, Michael Cruz (Chumash).

As always, American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art. Foods such as corn soup, Navajo tacos, fry bread, and Indian burgers will be available for purchase.

Parking is readily available at no charge and the campus is handicapped accessible. It is strongly recommended that spectators bring folding chairs.

For more information, call 562/985-8528 or e-mail Campus map and directions can be found at