CONTACT: Stanford University News Service (650) 723-2558
COMMENT: Michael Attocknie, Stanford American Indian Organization (415) 725-6944
25th Stanford Powwow scheduled for May 10-12
STANFORD -- As many as 30,000 people are expected to attend the three-day Stanford Powwow, scheduled for Mother's Day weekend, May 10-12.
The annual Powwow is sponsored by the Stanford American Indian Organization, which is celebrating its 25th year. The theme for this year's Powwow is "Celebrating Our Silver Anniversary."
The event will be held in the eucalyptus grove near the corner of Galvez Street and Campus Drive. Admission is free, and camping is available for a $5 donation. No alcohol is permitted.
The Powwow is fully organized and coordinated by students. Planning takes place all year, and includes a fund-raising drive to collect the $85,000 necessary to stage the event.
With the help of the Bay Area Indian community, the Stanford students have successfully established the Stanford Powwow as one of the largest events of its kind on the West Coast, drawing participants and spectators from across the United States and Canada.
At the center of the Powwow area will be the arena in which more than 200 competitive dancers will perform. Women's competitions include jingle-dress dance, fancy shawl dance, and northern and southern traditional dance. Men's competitions will include grassdance, northern traditional and southern straight dance, and northern and southern fancy dance.
In addition, there will be traditional American Indian dancing by non-competitive participants. On the periphery of the arena will be drum groups providing the music for the dancing.
The Powwow also features more than 100 arts and crafts and food and information booths, offering silver and turquoise jewelry, pottery, quill work, beadworks, and paintings, weavings, drums, and Indian tacos and other snacks.
The Powwow starts at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, with the Grand Entry of dancers and continues through midnight. On Saturday, there are Grand Entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and the Powwow will continue through midnight. On Sunday, the Grand Entry is at 1 p.m., and the closing song at 6 p.m.
In conjunction with the Powwow, the third annual 5-kilometer fun run will take place at 8 a.m. Saturday. All ages or runners and walkers are welcome. Registration for the race will be at the Powwow site starting at 7 a.m.
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