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Pow Wow Coming March 11-12

Published: March 6, 2017

Pow Wow event at CSULB

CSULB’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the Upper Campus Central Quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 11-12. Admission and parking are free and it is recommended spectators bring folding chairs.

The 47th 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 11. All dancers and drums are invited.

Members of the head staff and their affiliations are:

Master of Ceremony: Arlie Neskahi (Diné) & Bobby Whitebird (Cheyenne)
Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)
Head Man Dancer: David Patterson (Sac & Fox/Kickapoo)
Head Woman Dancer: Lita Matthews (Santa Clara Pueblo)
Host Northern Drum: Phoenix Boyz (Los Angeles, CA)
Head Southern Singer: Herschel Kaulaity (Cheyenne/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 Affairs and Associated Students Inc.

In addition, on March 12 from 10 a.m.-noon, there will be an Outreach event at the Hall of Science building. The event is geared to prospective CSULB applicants and their families and will provide information on the high school and transfer admission processes, student-support programs and how to pay for college.

For more information about the CSULB Pow Wow or Outreach event, contact Anna Nazarian-Peters at 562-985-8528.
A campus map and directions can be found at

–Shayne Schroeder