San Manuel Annual Pow Wow to Draw Hundreds of Performers to Cal State San Bernardino


By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley) –The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will host the 19th Annual Pow Wow at Cal State San Bernardino Friday through Sunday, Oct. 10-12, drawing hundreds of native performers and artisans from throughout North America.

All festivities will take place on the athletic fields near Coussoulis Arena. In case of inclement weather, the Pow Wow will move inside the arena.

“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 three-day event is an opportunity for the public to learn about Native American culture. Tribal members will dress in traditional native costumes, and vendors will offer the wares of various tribes, including clothing, artifacts and art, as well as traditional foods.

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 contests in Native American song, drums and dance for men, women and couples.

In addition, the event will feature audience participation dancing (open to all attendees), as well as non-competitive intertribal dancing.  Also planned are exhibitions including bird singing and dancing, which is Native American music indigenous to Southern California and the Colorado River region.

The event hours are:

  • Friday, Oct. 10 – 5 p.m. to midnight with the Grand Entry at 8 p.m.;
  • Saturday, Oct. 11 – 11 a.m. to midnight with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and
  • Sunday, Oct. 12 – 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. Visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information on the Pow Wow, call (909) 452-3450. Also, get the latest news on the event at its Facebook page at

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