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Annual powwow to honor strength of Native American cultures
STANFORD -- "500 Years: Honoring the Strength and Persistence of Native Cultures," will be the theme of the 21st annual Stanford powwow, to be held May 8-10 on the large field adjacent to Stanford Stadium.
Hosted by the Stanford American Indian Organization, the Stanford powwow is one of the largest Indian gatherings on the West Coast, drawing participants from throughout the United States and Canada. In recent years, attendance has been more than 20,000 for the three days.
There is no charge for admission, parking or camping space. In addition to viewing the dances, visitors can browse through art, craft, souvenir, information and food booths.
The celebration of traditional song and dance will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8, with the grand entry of dancers, and continue until midnight. On Saturday, May 9, the powwow will run from 10 a.m. until midnight, with grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sunday, May 10, the powwow will run from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., with a grand entry at 1 p.m.
The powwow, the largest annual multicultural event at Stanford, is organized entirely by students. A dozen students begin planning each spring's powwow the previous October. The budget comes primarily from donations and booth rentals.
American Indians will compete in dance categories that include:
There will be two drum groups: a Northern style from Morley, Alberta, Canada, and a Southern style from Tulsa, Okla.
The Stanford American Indian Organization includes 140 American Indian and Alaska native undergraduate and graduate students, and also American Indian staff members.
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