By Cesar Perez |Staff Writer|
It was held across the CSUSB soccer field, and was brought to you by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The Pow Wow was a celebration of Native American cultures across the U.S. and consisted of many activities, attracting a large number of people.
The atmosphere was pumped, filled with excitement and the smell of delicious food filled the atmosphere with a variety of food stands to choose from.
Each food stand was packed, and the lines were very long, but that did not discourage guests from purchasing the famous Indian Tacos, sold at about every food booth.
All the food stands were in one location, with an area full of tables and chairs, giving visitors a chance to relax and enjoy their delicious meals while listening to the vibrant music.
Besides the Indian tacos, people were able to enjoy frozen lemonades, chamangos, and even some Mexican food.
Attendees observed and enjoyed competitive Native American dances that were done throughout the night, along with participating in photo shoots and some arts and crafts.
The highlight of the first night was definitely the grand entry, which was an engaging and powerful way to begin the event and celebration.
The grand entry consisted of powerful Native American beats, sounds, and vocals.
People of all backgrounds participated in the grand entry, which included dancers with diverse and colorful costumes.
Jason Kingbird, a participant of the event, dressed in an Anishinabe Woodland style clothing.
The Anishinabe costume was colorful and detailed in the designs and patterns used to represent Kingbird’s culture.
The overall production value was outstanding, from the authenticity of the costumes to the organization of the event.
The Pow Wow was well organized, which made everything run smoothly and allowed guests and visitors to locate things easily.
Guests observed and purchased Native American artifacts sold at different stands across the fields.
Each artifact was hand made with detail and craftsmanship, giving them an authentic look that can not be replicated.
The Pow Wow turned out to be an awesome event that allowed people of all different ethnic groups, cultures, and beliefs to participate and celebrate the Native American cultures of America.
As Brass said, “I’ve been to other Native American cultural events before.”
“They’ve been much smaller, but this one’s way bigger and the turnout is awesome.”
If you did not get a chance to attend the Pow Wow this year, keep an eye out for next years during the month of October and be a part of this spectacular annual celebration.