CSULB Pow Wow Celebrates American Indian Studies

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The 45th annual two-day event will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food.

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 14-15, 2015. Admission and parking are free, and it is recommended spectators bring folding chairs.

The 44th 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. The weekend will include contests and inter-tribal dancing. All dancers and drums are invited.

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 45th annual Pow Wow, visit the CSULB website.

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