Every year the Southern California Indian Center hosts the Southland's largest Pow Wow. About 200,000 Native Americans from around the country live in Los Angeles and neighboring counties. You won't usually see a lot of California tribes represented at these gatherings since Pow Wows are not part of their tradition, but you'll see dancers in colorful regalia from around the rest of the continent competing in fancy dancing and other traditional dance competitions. There will also be plenty of arts and crafts vendors, fry bread and Indian tacos. For 2012, the event is moving back to the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.
If you are bringing a camera to the event, check in at the information booth for photo restrictions. If the MC announces that photos of a particular dance or event are not permitted, you could get kicked out for ignoring him. Read more about the History and Etiquette of Pow Wows.
When: Saturday, November 17, 2012 10 am - 9 pm. See the website for dance and grand entry schedule.
Where: OC Fairgrounds, 88 Fair Drive, Building 10, Costa Mesa, CA
Cost: $3 Adult, $2 Seniors 55+ and teen 13-17, Children 12 and under FREE
Info: www.indiancenter.org, (714) 962-6673
Photo © Kayte Deioma, used with permission