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Multi-Tribe Celebration Begins Today in Temecula


Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Issue 28, Volume 18.


TEMECULA - The 19th annual Pechanga Powwow will get underway today, drawing Indian dancers, drummers and singers from throughout the country to the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula.

An estimated 75,000 visitors are expected for the free event, hosted by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians since 1995.

"The Powwow is one of the largest in the entire western United States and ... (serves as an) interactive and educational cultural event for all ages," said casino spokeswoman Ciara Green.

Festivities will continue through the weekend, wrapping up around 5 p.m. Sunday with an awards show.

"This is one of the best places on the West Coast (where) you can bring your family to experience the real traditions and customs of the indigenous American people," said Powwow Director Randy Pico. "The Powwow brings us together to celebrate our heritage, and we're able to share it and teach people about it at the same time. It's very powerful."

On Saturday, traditional dancing and singing are planned, along with a crafts fair and food court. At dusk, the casino will host a "fireworks show rivaling any at the top amusement parks and sports stadiums," according to Green.

More ceremonial rituals and drum chants are scheduled Sunday, followed by a ceremony that recognizes participants.

The powwow grounds are about a block southeast of the casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway.


Multi-tribe celebration begins friday in Temecula

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Temecula is going all Native American this weekend.

The 19th annual Pechanga Powwow will draw Indian dancers, drummers and singers from throughout the country to the casino grounds.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has hosted the Powwow since 1995, and according to organizers, the free event gets bigger and better each year. An estimated 75,000 visitors are expected this time around.

"The Powwow is one of the largest in the entire western United States and ... (serves as an) interactive and educational cultural event for all ages," said casino spokeswoman Ciara Green.

The event officially gets underway at 5 p.m. Friday with a gourd dance and concludes at 5 p.m. Sunday with an awards show.

"This is one of the best places on the West Coast (where) you can bring your family to experience the real traditions and customs of the indigenous American people," said Powwow Director Randy Pico. "The Powwow brings us together to celebrate our heritage, and we're able to share it and teach people about it at the same time. It's very powerful."

On Saturday, traditional dancing and singing are planned, along with a crafts fair and food court. At dusk, the casino will host a "fireworks show rivaling any at the top amusement parks and sports stadiums," according to Green.

More ceremonial rituals and drum chants are scheduled Sunday, followed by a ceremony that recognizes participants.

The powwow grounds are about a block southeast of the casino, 45000 Pechanga Parkway.


 

2 comments

Comment Profile ImageLake County Natiive
Comment #1 | Thursday, Jul 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm
That is funny, indigenous american people. Native people have lost their way, thinking casinos are the future. Powwows's are not California style of dancing and ceremonies, let's get that straight. Native people are so removed from the ways of the earth that now we pollute the earth with thousands of pounds of waste from casinos. Such a shame what we have become, money-hungry casinos Indians. Our Creator must look at us with pure disappointment.
Comment Profile ImageFred from Sioux Tribe
Comment #2 | Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 9:01 am
We have people, native and all others, that believe our people are money-hungry, lost their ways, are disappointments, void of values. All I have to say to that is... Go back to your tipi... your tent... your hut... your cave! Put your head back where you distracted it to write on this site!

We would all love to go back 200 years (I was going to say 100 years but that's right in the middle of the worst years of Native history) and bathe in the prime of Native living. But, we have to live in reality. Reality in today's world means, we must take whatever advantage we could possibly muster to make it. The only opportunity we have to exploit is gaming. Gambling has given us an edge. This edge is allowing us to recapture a mere fraction of what was pillaged from past generations.

Today's world is not going to be compatible with earth living, buffalo hunts, etc. Unfortunately, days of the past will never be again! Never... The best we could do is take the casino profits, form better schools, including world class universities to develop our youth. Take our elders, document as much of the past as we can. Use every resource we can to pass on to our youth. The past is gone but doesn't have to be forgotten.

Fred

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