California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) annual pow wow, an American-Indian social celebration, will return to the campus’s Central Quad on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10. Admission and parking are free.
The 43rd annual two-day event, which will feature American-Indian dancing, arts, crafts, and food, will begins at 11am each day and run until 10pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.
In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be gourd dancing with dancer registration closing at 2pm on March 9. All dancers and drums are invited.
Members of the head staff and their affiliations are:
• Master of Ceremony– John Dawson (San Carlos Apache)
• Arena Director– Victor Chavez (Diné)
• Head Man Dancer– Adrian Phoenix (Paiute/Tohono O’odham)
• Head Lady Dancer– Kristian Smith (Cheyenne River Sioux)
• Host Northern Drum– Changing Spirits
• Head Southern Singer– Phillip Hale (Diné)
• Host Gourd– Golden State Gourd Society
• Spoonkeeper– Patricia Lopez (Taos Pueblo)
Saturday’s schedule of events will be: gourd dancing, 11am; grand entry, 2pm.; dancer registration closing, 2pm; American-Indian Student Council Special, 4pm; dinner and California Indian Presentation, 5pm; and retire colors and dance out, 10pm.
On Sunday, the schedule of events will be: gourd dancing, 11am; grand entry, 2pm; and awards, retire colors and dance out, 6pm.
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, e-mail email@example.com, call (562) 985-8528 or visit csulb.edu/divisions/students/sld/american_indian_services/pow_wow . A campus map and directions can be found at csulb.edu/maps .