XXXII Indio Powwow
By Dulce Balandran
After you’ve feasted on turkey and battled the crazy “Black Friday” shoppers, how about heading over to a powwow for a fun end to your Thanksgiving weekend? The Fantasy Springs Resort Casino will host the 32nd Annual Indio Powwow. This colorful celebration will bring together tribes from all across the United States and Canada. Historically, these gatherings were a social event for Native American tribes to come together to trade and honor their brave warriors, as well as an opportunity to thank Mother Nature for a plentiful harvest. However, this powwow is for native and non-native people alike—everyone is welcome to dance, shop and feast on traditional Native American foods. There will be traditional favorites such as fried bread and meats prepared over an open flame, as well as modern food carts. Feel free to get your holiday shopping done, with various vendors for Native American art, weavings and jewelry. Watch the Bird singers and the Grand Entry as all the dancers make a procession that will wind around the arena. This dance competition is equated with the Olympics for many tribes, as is it their prime opportunity to show off their skill and athleticism. There will even be an opportunity for non-Natives to join along and dance to along with the Natives to the beats of the drums. Admission is free, so anyone is welcome to join the festivities and share this special Native American tradition.
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84-245 Indio Springs Dr., Indio, (800) 827-2946. www.FantasySpringsResort.com.