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San Manuel to hold Annual Pow Wow at Cal State San Bernardino

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will hold its annual Pow Wow at Cal State San Bernardino from Oct. 7-9, featuring music, dancers, crafts, demonstrations and popular Native American food’s such as Frybread.

Known in their native language as the “Yuhaviatam” or “People of the Pines,” the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians have held the annual event at CSUSB for the past 10 years, dating to 2001. Along with dance and drum  competitions during the three-day celebration, the Pow Wow will also have vendors selling unique artesian crafts and jewelry.

All activities to take place  on the university’s soccer fields near Coussoulis Arena.

The Pow Wow will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday October 7  with the blessing of the grounds, followed by registration. Later in the evening there will be the formal Grand Entry.

During this event, the dancers demonstrate various styles and vie with each other for points in the competitions.

The ceremonies will continue with dignitaries representing various tribes, followed by tribal representatives carrying flags of the United States, Canada, California, MIA-POW and the visiting tribes. The evening will feature intertribal dancing, contest dancing and exhibition dancing. On Oct. 8 and 9, the Pow Wow will begin with the gourd dance and bird singing and dancing.

For more information, contact the San Manuel community center at (909) 864-8933 or visit for grand entry times and contest information.


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