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38th Annual Pow Wow Slated for March 8-9 at Cal State Long Beach

The 38th Annual Pow Wow celebration at CSULB will take place on the upper campus’ Central Quadrangle on Saturday and Sunday, March 8-9. Admission and parking to the American Indian social event are free.

Pow Wow at CSULB is an American Indian social 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.

“We are privileged to have a fine head staff as well as the many fine dancers, singers, and their families attending this year's celebration,” said Anna Nazarian-Peters of CSULB’s Student Life and Development, “and we encourage everyone to come out and enjoy this event.”

This year’s master of ceremonies is John Dawson (San Carlos Apache), arena director is Leroy “JR” LaPlante (Lakota), Head Man Dancer is Lewis Perkins (Comanche/Wichita/ Choctaw), Head Lady Dancer is Cindy Dawson (San Carlos Apache/Navajo), Head Southern Singer is John Begay (Navajo), Host Northern Drum is Bearspring (Southern California), Host Gourd is the Golden State Gourd Society, and Spoonkeeper is Michael Cruz (Chumash).

The event’s tentative schedule for Saturday is: 11 a.m., gourd dancing; 1 p.m., grand entry; 2 p.m., dancer registration closes; 4 p.m., American Indian Student Council Special; 5 p.m., dinner break, California Indian presentation, Ti’at Society; 7 p.m., grand entry, Men’s Northern Traditional Special sponsored by Leroy “JR” LaPlante and family; and 10 p.m., closing: retire colors and dance out. On Sunday, the schedule is: 11 a.m., gourd dancing; 1 p.m., grand entry; 6 p.m., closing: awards, retire colors and dance out.

As always, American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian Art and foods such as corn soup, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers.

The event is presented by CSULB’s American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student Services, Native American Alumni and Friends Chapter, the Division of Student Services and Associated Students Inc.

For more information about the 38th Annual Pow Wow celebration at CSULB, e-mail, call 562/985-8528 or go to Directions to campus are available at and a campus map can be found at