Northern Cree singers perform at the San Manuel 2011 Pow Wow

Northern Cree singers perform at the San Manuel 2011 Pow Wow

San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians 17th Annual Pow Wow

In the spirit of togetherness and affirmation of Native American culture, the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians will hold their annual Pow Wow on October 12, 13 and 14 at California State University, San Bernardino. The event is free and open to the public. This is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy some of the finest Native American singers, dancers, and drummers in North America and Canada. It’s also a time to reaffirm our cultural and spiritual roots, both for individual tribes and for Native Americans as a whole.

Bird dancer The celebration will last for three days, with competitions for dancing, drumming and singing.

Everyone is welcome to join in and learn something about the first Americans as we share in the best of Indian Country.

From Montana to the Dakotas and Alaska to Canada, Native Americans from across North America will
travel to Southern California to celebrate their culture. Honoring traditional music, dance, crafts and food, the pow wow will offer a unique patchwork of Native American culture.

All activities will take place on the university’s soccer fields near Coussoulis Arena. Should there be bad weather, the event will be moved to the nearby indoor location, the Coussoulis Arena.

The pow wow begins Friday, October 12 from 5 p.m. to midnight; Grand Entry at 8 p.m. On Saturday, October 13, the event runs from 11 a.m. to midnight, with Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The final day, Sunday, October 14, the pow wow runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m, with Grand Entry at 1 p.m.
The San Manuel Pow Wow boasts one of the largest prizes in Southern California for contest performers of all ages with more than $250,000 in cash available. The event will also feature non-competitive intertribal dancing and exhibitions, including bird singing and dancing, which is Native American music indigenous to Southern California and the Colorado River Region.

*Let’s Dance

Men and women ages 18 to 65+ show off their skills for a variety of styles. You won’t
want to miss the Cruz Chacon Memorial Sweetheart Dance or contests for teens, juniors and tiny tots.
*Drum it up

Performers bring their best singers to compete for more than $100,000 in prizes in this
category alone!
*Arts and Crafts

Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts vendors, including Native American art.

Grand Entry at the San Manuel Pow Wow

For further information, including a map and contact info, click here.

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