Harvest time has always held an important (and sacred) connection to ancient peoples and often signaled a time to feast, dance, sing and hold ceremonies. Our own Native American tribes are no exception. This Thanksgiving weekend, the 29th Indio Powwow will be held at the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians’ Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. The event will feature visiting tribes from not only all over the United States, but our neighbors to the north in Canada, as well. Guests can see the Grand Entry, something that opens every powwow, where all of the dancers in attendance will wind around the entire arena in a clockwise procession, before seeing various dancing and singing competitions throughout the day. Between the competitions, the Grand Entry, the Eagle Staff and the Bird Singers, traditional Native American food and 60 different vendors offering jewelry, weavings, dream catchers and the like, there will be no shortage of elements to enjoy at this tradition-steeped gathering. Not to mention, at the prices offered (tickets max out at a whopping four bucks), it’s hard not to trek out to the desert and enjoy them. See? There is plenty more to see in Cabazon than outlet malls and those gnarly dinosaurs from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
29th Indio Powwow at the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians’ Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy., Indio, (760) 238-5770; www.fantasyspringsresort.com, Fri-Sun, Nov. 26–28. Event times vary. Tickets $4 (adults), $3 (seniors), free for children 12 and under.