California State University, Long Beach will be hosting its annual Pow Wow, the university’s American-Indian social celebration from Saturday, March 12th to Sunday, March 13th. It’s the largest spring celebration of its kind in Southern California. The first day begins at 10 a.m. and does not end until 11 p.m., while the final day also begins at 10 a.m. and closes at 7 p.m. The weekend’s festivities will take place on the campus’ central quad. The annual event aims to embrace its large American-Indian population on campus.
The weekend affair will feature American Indian dance, arts, crafts, and cuisines. There will be contests, inter-tribal dancing, and Gourd dancing. Registration closes at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12th. The Pow Wow invites all dancers and drummers to join the celebration.
Be ready to indulge in a variety of native foods from mutton to beef stew to Navajo tacos, fry bread, and Indian burgers. Come and marvel at American-Indian vendors’ traditional and contemporary art-you might even use this opportunity to buy a piece to take home as well.
Admission to the Pow Wow is free and there will also be free parking at the event- refer to the map of the Pow Wow for reference. The university’s American Indian Studies Program, American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student Services, Division of Student Affairs, Student Life and Development, and Associated Students, Inc. will be spearheading the event.
Need a place to stay?
Ayres Hotel Seal Beach is the closest of the luxurious accommodations to Cal State Long Beach’s Pow Wow extravaganza, a seven-minute drive from the hotel to the campus.