2019 BAAITS Powwow
Make plans for the 8th Annual BAAITS Powwow on February 2, 2019 at the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, California. The Bay Area American Indian (BAAITS) Two Spirits Powwow is a free community event, open to the public. Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the BAAITS Powwow mission. The BAAITS Powwow draws some of the area’s top dancers together for a day of fun and appreciation of the Native American Two Spirit tradition. The BAAITS Powwow embraces traditional Native American culture while also providing a uniquely San Francisco experience. Who should attend: Everyone is welcome. This is a family-friendly, clean and sober event.
Two Spirit community members, allies and traditions are honored; ceremonial giveaways and specials will be held during the powwow. A California Native person will offer the opening prayer, followed by Gourd Dancing, Grand Entry at Noon. Competition dancing as well as Intertribal dances offers the public an opportunity to learn about Native American culture.
Dancing and singing are not the only highlights of the powwow; Native American food vendors will be in attendance. Foods that are offered range from Indian Tacos, Tamales and Buffalo Burgers. Native artisans will be selling a variety of Native wares that many times are only sold at powwows. Vendors will be on site selling frybread, buffalo burgers, Native art and jewelry, and other wares to the expected crowd of over 3,500. The Native American Health Center will also be in attendance providing free health screenings. The BAAITS Powwow features contest dances; all powwow dancers and drums are welcome.
Public Welcome – Free Free Public Event, All Welcome
Hours: 10:00 AM to 6PM
Location: Fort Mason, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94115
Parking: Pay lot on site, limited free street parking off site. Elders parking – Limited availability, first come, first parked. Please look for parking signs to ensure you are not parking in a restricted or metered spot or be prepared to pay a ticket. San Francisco enforces parking violations on Saturdays! Getting to the event earlier in the day will allow for greater parking options.
BAAITS Powwow Mini-Gallery
All Drums & Dancers Welcome.
This is a clean and sober event. No pets or costumes.
Fry Bread Vendors, Arts & Crafts
Powwow Head Staff
Opening Prayer: Carla Munoz & Dessiree Munoz (Costanoan Rumsen, Carmel)
Head dancers: Clyde Hall (Shoshone Métis), Sage Runsabove (Shawnee, Ponca, Otoe and Lakota)
Head Gourd dancer: Matthew Reed (Osage/Laguna Pueblo)
Arena Director: Eric Kimple (Blackfeet)
Whipman: Marc Goggles-Keka (Wichita & Affiliated Tribes)
Drums: Northern Drum: Blue Medicine Well
Southern Drum: Southern Pride
Co-MC’s: L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva-Acjachemen), Coy McLemore (Kiowa)
Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94123
Bay Area American Indian Two-Spirits (BAAITS) is a community-based volunteer organization offering culturally relevant activities for Native Americans identifying as Two-Spirit and their allies.
Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss the next BAAITS Powwow at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, CA.
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