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Southern California Indian Center Pow Wow

By November 18, 2013

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PowWow DrummersEvery 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. This year the event is returning 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: November 23-24, 2013, Saturday 10 am - 9:30 pm, Sunday 10 am 6 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 (2012 prices, 2013 TBA)
Parking: $5
Info: www.indiancenter.org, (714) 962-6673


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November 17, 2012 at 10:43 am
(1) Susan says:

Will the powwow continue if it rains?

November 17, 2012 at 2:21 pm
(2) KayteinLA says:

I don’t know Susan. You would have to check with the Southern California Indian Center, but since it’s listed as being in Building #10 at the OC Fairgrounds, they would probably just consolidate indoors if it was raining really hard.

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