2019 SDSU Pow Wow
Don’t miss the 47th Annual SDSU Pow Wow on April 13, 2019 at San Diego State Univerity ENS Field in San Diego, California. The pow wow is free and open to the public, hosted in collaboration with Elymash Yuuchaap & EOP SDSU, SDSU Native American Student Alliance, American Indian Studies, the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming and the SDSU American Indian Alumni Chapter. Join the hundreds of people expected to visit and/or participate in the event, which is scheduled from 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Activities will include traditional and contemporary dancing. Vendors will also be on-site selling food, jewelry and other items.
SDSU Pow Wow | San Diego State University Pow Wow
The Annual San Diego State University Powwow is a cultural and social event that is held annually to bring together the Native American community to SDSU. SDSU has the reputation of having one of the longest running powwows ran by a university in California.
Free Admission – Public Welcome
Hours: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM PDT
SDSU Pow Wow Head Staff
Master Of Ceremonies: Randy Edmonds
Arena Director: Richard Decrane
Head Woman: Katianna Warren
Head Man: Sam Bear Paw
Head Girl: Aislynn Arnold
Head Boy: Jl Arnold
Color Guard: American Indian Veterans Association
Head Gourd Dancer: Ivan Sam
Northern Drum: Kalifornia Ramblers
Southern Drum: Red Warrior
SDSU Pow Wow Schedule
10:00 AM Bird Singing
11:00 AM Gourd
12:00 PM Grand Entry
1:00 PM Intertribals & Head Staff Specials
5:00 PM Dinner Break
San Diego State Univerity ENS Field
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, California 92182
For More Information
Chris Medellin firstname.lastname@example.org 619-594-8363
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About the San Diego State University Pow Wow
The SDSU Pow Wow includes dance contests, cultural displays, arts and craft booths, food vendors, and various informational booths. There will be a Master of Ceremonies (MC) and Arena Director who help run the event. The MC works with the Arena Director to keep the pow wow program organized and running smoothly. The SDSU pow wow kicks off with Kumeyaay Bird singers followed by the Gourd Dance and Grandy Entry which signals the official start of the festivities.
Kumeyaay Bird Songs have been passed down through generations and are used in times of celebration or grief, to sing, dance, and share culture in the company of friends.
Bird Songs are used in the place of a written history and record an oral history and way of life for Kumeyaay people. Through the use of animal metaphors and allegory, the songs are used to instruct and imprint collective teachings about practical things such as food, the environment and geography, as well as history, customs, and social/moral values.
The Gourd Dance is a Kiowa Tribe ceremonial dance that honors warriors or veterans. Many of those that dance this style are veterans and the idea is to honor all warriors alive or fallen for their service. Most notable of the the gourd dance is the use of either a gourd rattle or metallic salt shaker rattle and a red and blue wool blanket draped over the shoulders.
Grand Entry is the official start of the pow wow and all dancers enter the arena. During the grand entry, the color guard brings in the Eagle Staff which is a symbol of American Indian Nations, the U.S flag, state and veterans flags are also represented. This is also a time when we introduce our honored Head Staff and other important guests.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next SDSU Pow Wow at San Diego State Univerity in San Diego, California.
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