Native American culture will be celebrated over two days in April at the Third Annual California State University, Dominguez Hills Native American Pow Wow. A social and sacred gathering of Native Americans, the pow wow will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 21, in the university’s Sculpture Garden.
The pow wow is an educational as well as cultural event that brings together in celebration of Native American Nations from across the country. The CSU Dominguez Hills Pow Wow will feature exhibitions of the traditional songs and dances performed by men and women in colorful and elaborate tribal regalia as well as social dancing, singing and drumming, and flute music. Many vendors will be in attendance at the event’s Native American Marketplace, selling arts and crafts such as Indian jewelry, clothes, music, books, and food including Indian tacos and frybread.
The theme this year honors Native American victims of crime and violence. April 21 to 27 is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. A message board will be available for families to post photographs or articles of/about loved ones who have been victims. If a family would like to honor a victim, contact (405) 532-2625
The Head Staff for the CSU Dominguez Hills Pow Wow will be Spiritual Leader Jimi Castillo (Tongva/Gabrielino), Master of Ceremony John Dawson (San Carlos Apache), Head Man Dancer George Lone Elk (Northern Cheyenne); Head Woman Dancer Patty Dawson (San Carlos Apache); Host Northern Drum group Changing Spirits; Host Southern Drum group Sooner Nation.
The pow wow is open to the public. Guests are asked to bring their own chairs. Parking is $4 on Saturday, paid at yellow kiosks in campus lots, and free on Sunday. Note that on Saturday there is an event at the Home Depot Center on campus and pow wow attendees need to alert parking attendants they are on campus for the pow wow to avoid paying the HDC parking charge.
The CSU Dominguez Hills Sculpture Garden is located off Toro Center Drive near Parking Lot 6. A campus map can be viewed online at www.csudh.edu/visitus/campusmap.shtml.
For more information, call (310) 243-2438 or visit www.csudh.edu/csl.