Photos by Alejandro JSM Chavez

CSUN held its 35th annual Pow Wow Saturday, Nov. 24.  The event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies program and the American Indian Student Association.  Pow Wows are considered important gatherings and a  place to express traditions that include the mixture of old and new contemporary  dance and music that has evolved and been incorporated into native expressions. 

Acknowledging the “first people,”  the locally based Fernandeno Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, the native people of the San Fernando Valley,  led the opening ceremonies with tribal member Aaron Martin, carrying in their tribe’s flag.  Tribes representing the Greater Los Angeles area and tribes throughout the country participated in wearing traditional clothing and regalia and danced to the music provided by four different drum circles.  

Scott Andres, the Director of CSUN’s American Indian Studies program estimated 300 people attended this year’s event and said  that it’s important to have native events that allow people to see that Native American Indians are present and part of L.A. County which has the largest urban native population in the country.