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Tenth annual Pala Powwow is this weekend


Last updated 8/25/2017 at Noon

The Black Bear drum circle provides song and a beat to Powwow dancers in the arena during the ninth annual Pala Powwow, Aug. 27, 2016.

PALA – “The Pala Band of Mission Indians is honored to celebrate the traditions of our culture during our 10th annual powwow taking place this weekend, Aug. 25 through Aug. 27,” said Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

“During the three days of celebration, there will be endless activities and experiences for everyone to enjoy," said Smith. "We hope that guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history of our Tribe as well as Native American culture.”

There will be dance competitions in many different dance categories. At these contests, each dancer will dress in complete traditional regalia representing the style of dance and their tribe. During the dance competition, dancers will pull out their best moves to keep the judges’ attention, all while keeping time with the drum.

The Grand Entry will take place Friday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 26 at 1 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. Bird Singing will be conducted on Friday, Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 26 at 5 p.m.

Along with the traditional activities, there will be a variety of food vendors, including traditional fry bread and Indian tacos. There will also be arts and crafts booths that offer authentic Native American jewelry, beadwork, art, and souvenirs.

This event is free and open to the public at 10779 Highway 76.


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