As pow wow season winds down, there are still a few reasons not to put away that pow wow regalia just yet—or your cameras. One of the most festive events of the year takes place at the Spotlight 29 Casino Spotlight Showroom on December 8-10, hosted by the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. Indigenous peoples from United States, Canada, and Mexico come together for a celebration of Native American song and dance that brightens the approach to the winter solstice and prepares all comers for the year ahead.
Black Otter has been selected as the host drum, while Juaquin Hamilton will serve as emcee. Prize money has also been announced, with big $4000 paydays for best drum group in the Northern and Southern drum categories, and $4,500 payouts to best male and female dance teams.
While admission is free, commemorative items such as t-shirts (available for an $8 donation) will be on sale, with proceeds benefitting the Theresa A. Mike Scholarship Foundation. So, make the Winter Gathering Pow Wow part of your plans and see why the 29 Palms Casino helps make the Coachella Valley one of premiere destinations in the country.
Highlights of the Winter Gathering POW WOW are:
- The Grand Entry, where all of the tribal dancers enter the Spotlight Showroom in a procession. Grand Entry times are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Dance and drum contests including the “tiny tots” group (6 years and under), up to the “golden age” group featuring men and women aged 65 and older. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top performers in every category.
- Special performances including the Ironman Fancy, as well as the Men and Women’s Team Dance.
- Delicious food including authentic recipes like Native American Fry Bread and Indian Tacos.
- A variety of vendors selling items such as Native American jewelry,artwork, clothing, pottery, and traditional dream catchers.
Winter Gathering POW WOW hours:
Friday, December 8 from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. estimated
Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. estimated
Sunday, December 10 from 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. estimated
For more information, call 866-377-6829 or visit www.Spotlight29.com.
The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians trace their origins back to the Chemeheuvi, a peaceful and nomadic tribe whose territory once covered Utah, Arizona, and Southern Nevada. In 1867, a group of Chemeheuvi settled at the Oasis of Twenty-Nine Palms and the federally recognized Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians are their descendants. Today the Band’s reservation lands are located near the town of Twentynine Palms and in the City of Coachella, where the tribe’s Spotlight 29 Casino is located.
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The premier entertainment experience in the Coachella Valley can be found at the casino’s 2,200 seat Spotlight Showroom which has featured headliners such as Bruno Mars, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Dave Chappelle, Montgomery Gentry, Martina McBride and more, plus a Friday Free Tribute Concert Series where guests can see a tribute to their favorite acts for Free. Guests can also enjoy drink specials or dance the night away at three exciting nightclubs: Hot Spot, Blue Bar and Groove. The Spotlight 29 Casino is only minutes from Palm Springs, located just off of Interstate 10 at Dillon Road.
Proceeds from the Spotlight 29 Casino help provide housing, education and financial security for future generations of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.
For more information, go to www.Spotlight29.com or call 760-775-5566.
Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians 2016 Winter Gathering POW WOW.
Winter Gathering POW WOW 2014
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