2018 Rio Rancho Pow Wow
The 11th Annual Rio Rancho Pow Wow will be held on March 17, 2018 at the Cleveland High School gymnasium in Rio Rancho, New Mexico from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm. The event will feature Gourd Dancers, Grand Entries, amazing drum groups, and traditional dance competitions in several categories. In addition, the event includes a student art contest, raffles, giveaways, vendor booths featuring native arts and crafts, and other activities throughout the day.
Each year, one of Rio Rancho’s high school gymnasiums echoes to the sounds of drums, chants, and songs. The smell of traditional fry bread and Indian tacos wafts in from the patio as dancers of all ages, wearing the traditional dress of their tribes, celebrate their ancient traditions.
Rio Rancho Pow Wow
The annual Rio Rancho Pow Wow is sponsored by the RRPS Native American Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC), the Rio Rancho High School Native American Student Union, and the Cleveland High School Native American Student Union. The Pow Wow provides a means to bring the community together, to share their culture with others, and raise awareness about NAPAC with Rio Rancho parents. It also helps to cement the bonds among schools and their Native American families and is one way the district teaches students about the state’s diverse cultures.
DRUMS & DANCERS INVITED!
Family oriented event: No alcohol, drugs or smoking.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE – SATURDAY
11am – 6pm: Gourd Dancing
1px & 7pm: Grand Entry
Pow Wow Head Staff
MC: Terry Pecos
Arena Director: Phillip Moosomin
Northern Drum Group: Black Eagle
Southern Drum Group: Southern Slam
Head Gourd Dancer: Gary Keene
Head Man: Jayme Badwarrior Sr.
Head Lady: Marlene Badwarrior
Head Boy: Kyler Badwarrior
Head Girl: Crystal Starr
Rio Rancho Pow Wow Helps Fund Native American Summer Academy
Rio Rancho Public Schools enrolls students from all of New Mexico’s Native American tribes, as well as many tribes throughout the nation. About 5.3% of RRPS’s student population is Native American. Each year, a percentage of the proceeds from the annual Pow Wow are used to fund the district’s Native American Summer Academy, which is designed to integrate Native American culture with core subject areas. This program focuses on instilling a sense a unity and community among urban native youth along with providing an educational, cultural and enriching experience.
Rio Rancho Pow Wow Art Contest
Each year Native American students from Rio Rancho Public Schools enter their artwork in the Pow Wow Art Contest. Visitors to the pow wow cast their votes, and the winners are announced during the day’s events. The winning artwork is featured on the following year’s pow wow flyers and t-shirts.
RRPS Native American Parent Advisory Committee
RRHS & CHS Native American Student Union
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Rio Rancho Pow Wow in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.
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