Cal State Long Beach Pow Wow Returns For 41st Year

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California State University Long Beach’s (CSULB) annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’ Central Quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13.

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 41st annual Pow Wow is March 12-13, 2011 it begins at 11 a.m. each day and runs until 10 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free and parking is $5. It will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food.

“We are celebrating 42 years of American Indian studies, the oldest American Indian studies program west of the Mississippi, and the 41th annual Pow Wow,” said Craig Stone, professor American Indian studies and art at CSULB and faculty advisor to the campus’ 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 2 p.m. on March 12.  All dancers and drums are invited.

Members of the head staff and their affiliations include:

  • Master of ceremonies John Dawson (San Carlos Apache)
  • Arena director Victor Chavez (Diné)
  • Head man dancer Taite Honadick (Mohave/Navajo)
  • Head lady dancer Beth Phoenix Glasco (Otoe-Missouria/Diegueño)
  • Head southern singer Charles Cozad (Kiowa)
  • Host northern drum, All Nations (Bay Area)
  • Host Gourd, Golden State Gourd Society
  • Spoonkeeper Michael Cruz (Chumash)

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 Pow Wow 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 CSULB’s 41st annual Pow Wow celebration, call 562/985-8528, e-mail powwow@csulb.edu, or visit the website at www.csulb.edu/powwow.  A campus map and directions can be found on the university website at www.csulb.edu/maps.

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One Response to “Cal State Long Beach Pow Wow Returns For 41st Year”
  1. Eagle-Eyes says:

    Lets hope for lots of sun. The more sun, the more fun. Can’t wait..