Native American Pow Wow this weekend at CSUSB

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The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians opened its annual Pow Wow Thursday, Oct. 10, at the San Manuel Reservation in Highland, and will continue it at Cal State San Bernardino today, Friday, Oct. 11, through Sunday, Oct. 13, as Native American tribes throughout North America gather for the exchange of cultural ideas, artifacts and appreciation and various competitions.

“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.

The four-day event is an opportunity for the public to 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 began Thursday, Oct. 10, with the Round Dance at the San Manuel Reservation Community Center Gymnasium in Highland.


A scene from he Grand Entry at the 2012 Pow Wow at CSUSB. Photo: Corinne McCurdy/CSUSB

The event will then move to Cal State San Bernardino on Friday, Oct.11, through Sunday, Oct. 13.

The hours at CSUSB are:

  • Friday, Oct., 11 – 5 p.m. to midnight with the Grand Entry at 8 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Oct. 12 – 11 a.m. to midnight with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and
  • Sunday, Oct. 13 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m.

Admission is free and parking is free in lots G and H on Northpark Boulevard. All the weekend activities will be held on the university’s soccer fields near the Coussoulis Arena. Should weather be a factor, the event will be moved indoors to the Coussoulis Arena. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

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