Celebrate With Our Native IE-ers

By Dulce Balandran

Posted November 22, 2013 in Events
Man Traditional 2Lets keep it real this Thanksgiving weekend and celebrate a more traditional, but joyful experience. Take a break from the early morning Black Friday shopping and head over to the XXXII Indio Powwow hosted by the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, where tribes from all over the United States and Canada come together for this annual festivity.

Traditionally, a Powwow was a social gathering for Native Americans that would bring tribes together for trade, entrainment and to honor their brave warriors. They would come together annually to celebrate a successful harvest, honor feats of battle and of course to sing, dance and party. This shin-ding is open for everyone to join however. Admission is free and it lasts starts at 5pm Friday, Nov. 29th to midnight Dec. 1st. It’s a three-day celebration with our Native IE-ers done traditionally right.

If your Thanksgiving turkey was not “stuffing” enough try some Native American foods like Indian Fry Bread. Maybe there is still plenty of holiday shopping left to do, why not explore all the different venders and artisans in jewelry, weavings and Native American art for more unique and special gifts ideas?

The Bird Singers are set to be the highlight of the Grand Entry performance made an appearance in 2011 at the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, New Mexico following their 2009 documentary, Sing Birds: Following the Path of Cahuilla Power. Tribes from all over come to Indio in traditional and elaborate Native American gear to show their skills in dance and singing competitions. This Powwow draws in thousands of tribal and non-tribal attendees every year and will take place at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in their special events center.

The Powwow schedule is as follows:

- The powwow opens at 5 p.m. Friday Nov. 29 to midnight. Grand entry is scheduled for 8 p.m.

- On Saturday Nov. 30, festivities start at 11 a.m. with grand entries scheduled at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., closing at midnight.

- On Sunday Dec. 1, the powwow gets underway at 11 a.m. with grand entry at 1 p.m., and ends at 6 p.m.

“At Thanksgiving it is always nice to come together with family, friends and loved ones. Enjoy a nice dinner and share what we were all grateful for this year. Afterwards, everyone gets up bright and early for Black Friday or now days, the madness starts at midnight or earlier. Try something different this year and visit the Powwow.

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Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Nov. 29 5pm – Midnight. (800) 827-2946. Free Admission



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