Native American Pow Wow set for Oct. 12-14


Cal State San Bernardino will be the site of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians’ annual Pow Wow on the weekend of Oct. 12-14, as Native American tribes from throughout North America will gather for the exchange of cultural ideas, artifacts and appreciation and various competitions.

Pow Wow Grand Entry, 2003, Photo by Robert A. Whitehead

Pow Wow grand entry, 2003. Photo: Robert A. Whitehead/CSUSB

“Pow Wow” is the traditional phrase for a Native American tribal peace gathering or for a meeting where warring tribes – or tribes and white men – could meet to negotiate. This year’s event will bring together major tribes from around North America.

The three-day event will be an opportunity for the public to become more familiar with and learn more about Native American tribes, as tribal members will dress in native, traditional costumes, and vendors will be on campus offering the wares of each respective tribe, including clothing, artifacts and art.

The Pow Wow will also include native music and dance shows, as well as competition for “Best in Show” honors featuring more than $250,000 in prizes for various competitions in Native American song, drums and dance for men, women and couples.

The Pow Wow will begin Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 p.m. to midnight with the grand entry at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Pow Wow will be from 11 a.m. to midnight with grand entry set for 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

On Sunday, the Pow Wow will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with grand entry set for 1 p.m.

In case of rain, the event will be moved into CSUSB’s Coussoulis Arena.

Admission is free and parking is free in Lots G and H at the university. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information, call (909) 452-3450.