California State University Long Beach’s (CSULB) 41st annual Pow Wow, an American-Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’s Central Quad on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13. Admission is free and parking is $5.
The two-day event, which will feature American-Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food, begins at 11am each day and runs until 10pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.
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.
“We are celebrating 42 years of American-Indian studies, the oldest American-Indian studies program west of the Mississippi, and the 41st annual Pow Wow,” said Craig Stone, professor of American-Indian studies and art at CSULB and faculty advisor to the campus’s American-Indian Student Council and Pow Wow Committee. “We are looking forward to the next 41 years and beyond.”
In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be gourd dancing with dancer registration closing at 2pm on March 12. All dancers and drums are invited.
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.