California Pow-Wows


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September 26-28, 2014 – Bishop Paiute Pabanamanina Gathering and Pow Wow

Bishop Paiute Tribe, The Paiute Palace Powwow Grounds, which is hosting the events on its new pow wow grounds, 2742 N. Sierra Hwy, Bishop, CA 93514. (760) 873-4150.  The family friendly, drug and alcohol free festivities are open to everyone and start with a parade on Friday, California Indian Day, and continues through Sunday.  There will be games for the kids, music, a free barbecue Saturday of a steer cut from the Tribal herd, Native American artists selling wares, an honoring of all local Veterans and the crowning of Miss Pabanamanina and a junior counterpart. Handgames, one of the oldest Owens Valley Paiute and Shoshone Indian traditions that can be traced back to some Creation stories, will also be performed. Many contest take place to honor the Paiute way of life such as hand game tournaments, hand drum and clapper contests. Free Admission!  For vendor information contact Page at (760) 920-2354.  Web: www.paiutepalace.com; E-mail: marketing@paiutepalace.com.


October 5-6, 2014 - Santa Ynez 19th Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow

Live Oak Campground in Santa Ynez, 4600 Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105.   Inter-tribal Pow-Wow has featured drummers from the U.S. and Canada, a variety of foods and beautiful hand-made native crafts.  Although Pow-Wows weren’t traditionally part of the Chumash culture we wanted to provide the community with both an educational and cultural experience that focuses on Native American music, arts and customs.  In addition to providing an exciting and rewarding experience for those attending the Pow-Wow, our goal in producing this inspiring event is to promote self-reliance and pride in Native Americans by honoring our traditions and culture. www.santaynezchumash.org/culture.html.


October 10-12, 2014 – 2014 San Manuel Pow Wow

San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians will hold  their annual at California State University San Bernardino, 5500 University Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA  92407.  The event is always free to the public. This is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the finest Native American singers, dancers, and drummers in North America and  Canada.  It’s also a time to reaffirm our cultural and spiritual roots, both for individual tribes and for Native Americans as a  whole.  We look forward to renewing our relationships with our Native and non-Native brothers and sisters from throughout North America and the world just as we have for each of the past 18 years. This year, 2014, will be the 19th year of  the San Manuel Pow Wow! Web: www.sanmanuel-nsn.gov/culture_powow.php.html.


October 11, 2014 – Indigenous Peoples Day, Pow Wow &  Indian Market

1992-2014 – 22nd Annual Celebration, Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park, 2180 Milvia St., Berkeley CA.  FREE!  Intertribal Dancing Featuring Native California dancers.  Native American Foods and Arts & Crafts all day at the Indian Market.  All Traditional Drums are Invited.  Wheelchair Accessible. Sponsored by the City of Berkeley.  Call: (510) 595-5520, Indigenous Peoples Day Committee: Box 97, 1700 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA  94709.  www.ipdpowwow.org.


October 17 – 18, 2014 – 7th Annual Auburn Big Time-Pow Wow

Gold Country Fairgrounds, 1273 High Street, Auburn, CA.  Native American dancers, drummers, singers, artist and food vendors will be gathering from across the region to participate in the Auburn Big Time-Pow Wow.  This year’s event begins Friday night at 6 p.m. with California Traditional Big Time Dancing.  Our MC is Rick Adams, Nisenan Cultural Specialist and President of Hutu Anape Cultural Foundation, who brings his knowledge, wisdom and humor.  The Big Time brings together local Miwok/Maidu families and neighboring tribes for ceremonial dancing and singing.  Spectators are welcome, but during this event please ask for permission before taking photographs.  The pow wow will be held on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.  This family-friendly event is free with free parking at the fairgrounds.  Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs.  This is a drug alcohol and tobacco free event.  No pets allowed.  For more Information please contact Sierra Native Alliance: (530) 888-8767, Vendors: (530) 363-8526, Dancers and Drums: (530) 888-8767, Website: www.sierranativealliance.org/events.


November 22-23, 2014 – Southern California Indian Center, Inc’s 46th Annual Pow Wow

Orange County Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Dr. The celebration will last for three days, with competitions for dancing, drumming and singing.  Call: (714) 962-6673, or visit: https://www.facebook.com/SCICinc.


November 28-30, 2014 – 33rd Indio Powwow

Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Dr., Indio, CA. Hosted by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, the Powwows feature Native American drums, dancing and singing, plus arts and crafts and traditional Native American foods.  For more Information Call (760) 238-5770.  Websites: www.fantasyspringsresort.com/prod/cbmi/index.html; www.indio.org/index.aspx?page=465.