Community members from throughout the San Fernando Valley and beyond celebrated Native American culture on Nov. 29 at California State University, Northridge’s 31st annual Powwow. CSUN’s American Indian studies program hosted the daylong festivities on the Chicana/o House Lawn.
Native American singers, drummers and dancers kicked off the program with a formal procession into the arena. Traditional American Indian songs were performed to honor the flag and veterans. A variety of powwow dances continued throughout the day.
In addition to music and dance, the program featured arts and crafts activities at multiple children’s tables. The Host Drums included Northern: Blood River and Southern: Sooner Nation. Bobby WhiteBird, the master of ceremonies, accompanied Vic Chavez, the arena director, in presenting the Head Man, Johnny Nieto; the Head Woman, Kristi Smith; the Head Boy, Zion Fox; and the Head Girl, Katianna Warren.