California Pow-Wows


Dates & places may change.  Contact event for confirmation.


March 28-29, 2015 – University of Redlands Pow Wow

Grand Entries: Saturday: 2 p.m. & 7 p.m., Sunday: 1 p.m., Bird Singing: Saturday: 1 p.m. & 6 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m.  Emcee: Ruben Littlehead, Arena Director: Rusty Gillette, Host Northern Drum: Young Spirit, Host Southern Drum: Buc Wild, Head Man: Chaske Heminger, Head Woman: Laurie Whitecloud, Singing Contest: 1st – $4,000, 2nd – $3,000, 3rd – $2,000, 4th – $1,000. (Bring your own chairs).  Golden Age Men Combined (50+), 1st – $700, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $400, 4th – $300, Golden Age Women Combined (50+), 1st – $700, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $400, 4th – $300, Men & Women (18-49 years).  Northern Traditional, Southern Traditional, Grass, Chicken, Fancy, Jingle: 1st – $700, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $400, 4th – $300, Boys & girls (7-17 years): Traditional, Grass, Fancy, Jingle: 1st – $250, 2nd – $150, 3rd – $100, Tiny Tots paid Daily.

ANY SPECIALS TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE POW WOW!  Bring your own Shades.  For Vending Information please contact: Kesti Tsosie, (800) 732-8805 Ext: 4795 or ktsosie@rsbcihi.org.


April 4, 2015 – Pomona College 3rd Annual Powwow

Pomona College, Hammer Throw Field, 295 E. First St. Claremont, CA  91711.  10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Grand Entry Noon.  Head Staff – MC: Bobby Whitebird: Cheyenne, Arena Director: Vic Chavez: Dine’, Spiritual Advisor: Jimmy Castillo: Tongva, Headman: Chuck Cadotte: Lakota, Headwoman: Shandliin YellowHorse: Navajo, Headboy: Zion Fox: Arikara, Headgirl: Caitlin Ashmore: Dine’, Host Northern Drum: Changing Spirits, Host Southern Drum: Northridge Boys.  All Drums Welcome!  For more information and vendor space contact: scott.scoggins@pomona.edu.  Dinner will be provided for all!!  Absolutely No Alcohol or Drugs.


April 11, 2015 – 43rd Annual UC Davis Powwow

Head Staff, Arena Director: Art Martinez (Chumash), MC: Tom Phillips (Kiowa/Muscogee Creek), Head Woman: Leah McGurk (Navajo), Head Man: Marcos Madril (Pascua Yaqui), Head Girl: Grace Baga (Tachi-Yokut/Sicangu Lakota), Head Boy: Tahlee Carlisle Rattan Singh, Lead Gourd Dancer: Erik Kimple (Blackfeet).  Host Northern Drum: All Nations.  Host Southern Drum: Red Buffalo. All drums and dancers welcome!  Contest Dancing.  Native American Craft and Food Vendors.  Free Event, Open to the Public.  Free parking will be available in UC Davis Lot 5 and 5A.  Shuttle to and from parking lots available for those with special needs.  Please contact Powwow Committee for more information, (951) 443-8114, powwow@ucdavis.eduhttp://ccc.ucdavis.edu/powwow.html.


April 11, 2014 – 24th Annual F.S.U. First Nations Powwow

Welcome to the 24th Annual indigenous student organized First Nations contest powwow.  The location is O’Neill Park on Barstow Ave. at Woodrow Ave. on the Fresno State campus.  Open Gourd dance starts at 11 a.m.; Grand entry at 12:30 p.m.; and Closing ceremony at 9:00 p.m.  This is a family event with free parking and free admission, and the public is invited to attend.  Drugs and alcohol are prohibited, and no pets please.  Andres (559) 347-1600 Fierroone@mail.fresnostate.edu or Charles (559) 999-3825 Charlese@csufresno.edu.


April 18-19, 2015 – CSU Dominguez Hills 5th Annual Pow Wow

Cal State Dominguez Hills 5th Annual Pow Wow Honoring the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas. California State University Dominguez Hills, (Sculpture Garden), 1000 East Victoria St., Carson, CA  90747.  Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. & Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.  Exhibition Pow Wow.  Free Admission.  Parking $5 fee for Saturday/Free Parking on Sunday.  Information: Steve Rosales (310) 872-7515 or (310) 243-2438.

Head Staff Spiritual Leader: Jimi Castillo (Tongva/Acjachemen), Master of Ceremonies: Bobby Whitebird (Southern Cheyenne), Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Dine), Head Gourd Dancer: Earl Steen (Muscogee Creek), Head Man Dancer: Johnny Nieto (Tule River Yokut), Head Lady Dancer: Susan Jackson (Quechan/Laguna Pueblo), Head Boy Dancer: Ba’ac Garcia (Tohono O’odham), Head Girl Dancer: TBA, Host Northern Drum: Changing Spirits, Host Southern Drum: Sooner Nation.  Performances National Champion Hoop Dancer: Terry Goedel (Tulalip), Flute Player: Mac Lopez (Shoshone/Cherokee), Aztec Dance Group: Danza Azteca Xochipilli.


April 24-25, 2015 – Ohlone “Big Time” Gathering & Pow Wow

The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe will be holding their 23rd Annual “Big Time” Gathering and Pow Wow and 2nd Annual Art Exhibit and Contest.  These events will be located at Tony Cerda Park at the Corner of Park and Grand,  Pomona, California. Thousands of people from all over California will gather to enjoy the 23th annual “Big Time” Ohlone Tribal Gathering, featuring the Traditional Dances of the Costanoan People passed down from our Ancestors.

Come join us in celebrating the Native American Culture.  Enjoy the sight and sound of Native dance and music. Taste the delicious Native American food such as Indian Fry bread, Indian Tacos, and Strawberry Shortcake on a Fry bread.  Exhibitors will have Native American instruments, fashion, jewelry, and accessories on display.  On Friday the 24th we will be having our Traditional Native American dances such as Ocean Water, Acorn, Bear, and Eagle dances at 6 p.m.  On Saturday the 25th we will be having the Blessing of the Children at 11 a.m. and our Art Contest.  Judging will be at 1:00 p.m., winners will be announced 6:00 p.m. at the Pow Wow.  On Sunday the 26th Grand Entry is at 12 noon, gathering ends at 6 p.m. with our raffle.

Our Pow Wow is our way of educating the public about the culture of the Native American Community.  Our annual event is to revive and maintain cultural/spiritual aspects of C.R.C.T. and other Native Americans to give future generations a sense of purpose and the true meaning of his/her beginnings and future… to maintain the museum of history of the heritage of the indigenous people of California… Provide Native American Language classes in keeping with UNESCO’s Mother Language Day, 2015.

Please come out and support the ongoing work to preserve the indigenous heritage of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe of the Ohlone Nation.  Our Art Exhibit and Contest will be open to the public.  Our five age groups will include K – 2nd grade free entry, 3rd – 5th grade $5.00 per Application, 6th – 8th grade $5.00 per Application, 9th – 12th grade $5.00 per Application, College/Adults – over 18 $5.00 per Application.  Deadline for mail in entry forms: Monday April 20th at 5 p.m. at the C.R.C.T Tribal Office located at 244 E. 1st St., Pomona, CA 91766.  Fee MUST be enclosed with form Deadline for walk-in entry forms: Participants MUST turn in all Artwork on Saturday April 25th at Tony Cerda Park, 400 W. Grand Ave.  No later than 10 a.m. at the Art Booth Pickup: Judged Artwork Sunday April 26th at 5 p.m. at the Art booth.  One entry per person, appropriate content for public use. Third party entries will be disqualified.  Minimum size 8X11 inches, Maximum size 11X17 inches.  Any medium (material) is acceptable; paper, poster board, canvas, wood, cardboard, pencil, pen, marker, paint, crayon, watercolor, acrylic, oil, charcoal, digital art, photography and illustration.  (909) 623-7889.


May 2-3, 2015 – 30th Annual UCLA Powwow

Hosted by the American Indian Student Association at UCLA.  Head Staff: (TBA Shortly), Northern Drum, Southern Drum, Head Man, Head Woman, Arena Director, Master of Ceremonies, Head Judge, California Golden State Gourd Society, Spoon Keeper, Bird Singers, Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Princess 2014-2015 Susan Jackson. Events for American Indian Staff and American Indian Alumni!  Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Pageant, Dancing and Singing Contest.  All dancers and drums welcome.  Parking Available in Lot 4 & 8 – $12 per day, Admission Free, Open to the Public, American Indian Arts and Craft Vendors, Native Food Vendors.  www.uclapowwow.com


October 2-4, 2015 – 25th Annual Redding Rancheria Stillwater Pow Wow

Shasta District Fair Grounds, 1890 Briggs St., Anderson, CA 96007.  Phone: (530) 225-8979.