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2019 Cabazon Indio Powwow

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Join us Thanksgiving weekend for the 38th Annual Cabazon Indio Powwow on November 29 – December 1, 2019 at the Fantasy Springs Special Events Center in Indio, California. Take part in one of Southern California’s most anticipated cultural events of the year at the Cabazon Indio Powwow, located just minutes from Palm Desert in Indio, California. Celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and tribes from across the United States and Canada as they come together to show off their dancing and singing skills through traditional competitions. Enjoy Native American dancing, drum contests, peon games and bird singing. Cabazon Indio Powwow visitors can also join dancers in the arena during selected times to participate in a non-competitive inter-tribal dance.

Cabazon Indio Powwow

While you’re there, savor delicious Native American foods, including favorites like Indian fry bread, and browse through vendor booths to shop for hand-made jewelry, dream catchers and other Native American arts and crafts. Be sure to stay for the Grand Entry – which takes place on all three days of the event – to see all of the tribes come together in a dance procession to kick off the intertribal dancing and dance competitions.

The Cabazon Indio Powwow will be held at the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians’ Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, with festivities begining on Friday at 5:00 p.m. Head back out on Saturday and Sunday to for the rest of the Powwow, which starts at 11:00 a.m. on both days. Be on time so you can experience the Grand Entry on all three days, which is a definite must-see.


Head Staff
Host Drum: Showtime
Master of Ceremonies: To Be Announcedd
Arena Directors: To Be Announcedd
Head Dance Judge: To Be Announcedd
Head Singing Judge: To Be Announcedd
Head Whistle Carrier: To Be Announcedd
Sound Provided by: To Be Announcedd
Tabulations: To Be Announcedd

Cabazon Indio Powwow Mini-Gallery

Judy Stapp, Cabazon Band (760) 238-5770
Jim Red Eagle 951-318-6872
Vendor Information (760) 238-5770

5 pm Gates Open
5 pm Bird Singing
8 pm Grand Entry
11 am Gates Open
1 pm Grand Entry
5 pm Bird Singing
8 pm Grand Entry
11 am Gates Open
12 Noon Grand Entry


Cabazon Indio Powwow Activities
BIRD SINGING: Friday and Saturday nights
Michael Mirelez (760) 534-2790

George Smith (760) 742-3013
Friday night: Youth Teams (18 and under)
Saturday night: Adult Men and Women
7:00-8:00 pm
Entry fee – $100 per team

Dance & Singing Contest Registration closes upon FIRST Grand Entry @ 8pm Friday night for the weekend.

Contest Detail
ELDERS (70+)
MEN: Northern & Southern Combined
WOMEN: Northern & Southern Combined
1st – $1000 2nd – $800 3rd – $600 4th – $400 5th – $200
GOLDEN AGE (60-69)
MEN: Northern & Southern Combined, Grass & Fancy Combined
WOMEN: Northern & Southern Combined, Jingle & Fancy Shawl Combined
1st – $1000 2nd – $800 3rd – $600 4th – $400 5th – $200
MEN: 4 (No. Traditional) (So. Straight) (Grass) (Fancy)
WOMEN: 4 (No. Traditional) (Southern) (Jingle) (Fancy Shawl)
1st – $1000 2nd – $800 3rd – $600 4th – $400 5th – $200
MEN: 6 (No. Traditional) (So. Straight) (Grass) (No. Fancy) (So. Fancy) (Prairie Chicken–Age 18+…up)
WOMEN: 6 (No. Stationary Style) (No. Walk Around Style) (So. Buckskin) (So. Cloth) (Jingle Dress) (Fancy Shawl)
1st – $1000 2nd – $800 3rd – $600 4th – $400 5th – $200
TEEN (13-17)
BOYS: 4 (No. Traditional) (So. Straight) (Grass) (Fancy)
GIRLS: 4 (No. Traditional) (So. Traditional) (Jingle Dress) (Fancy Shawl)
1st – $250 2nd – $200 3rd – $150 4th – $100
JUNIORS (7-12)
BOYS: 4 (No. Traditional) (So. Straight) (Grass) (Fancy)
GIRLS: 4 (No. Traditional (So. Traditional) (Jingle Dress) (Fancy Shawl)
1st – $150 2nd – $100 3rd – $75 4th – $50
TINY TOTS (6 years and younger) $5 for afternoon sessions
SINGING CONTEST (combined Northern & Southern)
$8000 $6000 $4000 $3000 $2000 $1000
P.A. system & chairs provided

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy
Indio, CA 92203
North of I-10 at Golf Center Parkway Exit


Mark your calendar today so you won’t miss the Cabazon Indio Powwow at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.

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