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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 12:00 am

California State University, Long Beach, will be honoring Native American culture in one of the campus’ biggest events of the year.

The CSULB Annual Pow Wow will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 8-9, on campus. It is free to attend and there is free parking — attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs to sit on.

“We are celebrating 45 years of American Indian Studies and the oldest American Indian Studies program west of the Mississippi at our 44th annual Pow Wow,” said Craig Stone, director of CSULB’s American Indian Studies Program and faculty advisor to the campus’ American Indian Student Council and Pow Wow Committee. “We are looking forward to the next 45 years and beyond.”

Saturday begins with gourd dancing at 11 a.m. and then continues with the Grand Entry at 1 p.m., the American Indian Student Council Special at 4 p.m., dinner and a California Indian presentation from 5-6 p.m. and the retiring of colors and dance-out at 10 p.m.

Sunday begins the same with gourd dancing at 11 a.m., grand entry at 1 p.m. and then a 6 p.m. awards ceremony followed by the retiring of colors and dance out.

The Grand Entry includes tribe dancers from nearby and from as far away as 500 miles. The entire event draws representatives from more than 200 different tribes.

A main feature of each day is various inter-tribal dancing and gourd dancing, where all dancers and drums are invited, organizers said. There will be Native American food vendors with food for sale, including mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers. There also will be vendors selling both traditional and contemporary Native American art.

Organizers said this is the largest spring event of its kind put on in Southern California. It is presented by CSULB’s American Indian Studies Department, American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student Services, Student Life and Development, the Division of Student Services and Associated Students Inc.

For more information, email powwow@csulb.edu, call 985-8528 or visit www.csulb.edu/divisions/students/sld/american_indian_services/pow_wow.