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Annual powwow to honor Native American heritage May 7-9
STANFORD -- "Continuing Our Heritage: Along Our Ancestors' Trail," will be the theme of the 22nd annual Stanford Powwow, to be held May 7-9 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 7, with the grand entry of dancers and continue until midnight. On Saturday, May 8, the powwow will run from 10 a.m. until midnight, with grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sunday, May 9, 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 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 Pigeon Lake, Alberta, Canada, and a Southern style from Meeker, Oklahoma.
The Stanford American Indian Organization includes 165 American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate students, and American Indian staff members.
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