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Pow Wow Coming March 12-13

Published: March 1, 2016

CSULB’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the Upper Campus Central Quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13. Admission and parking are free and it is recommended spectators bring folding chairs.

The 46th 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 12. All dancers and drums are invited.

Members of the head staff and their affiliations are:

• Master of Ceremony: Arlie Neskahi (Diné) and 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)

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, email powwow@csulb.edu, call (562) 985-8528 or visit the Pow Wow website. A campus map and directions can be found at www.csulb.edu/maps.

–Shayne Schroeder