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PCC powwow honors Native American culture

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A young dancer from last year's powwow.

A young dancer from last year’s powwow.

More than 1,000 people from all over the Northwest plan to partake in Portland Community College’s “Wacipi” (“They dance”) Winter Powwow to celebrate Native American culture and tradition.

The powwow, which is free and open to the public, is from noon to 9 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Health Technology Building, Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. This cultural event features drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children, and raffle prizes. Other attractions include grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., a college fair from noon to 4 p.m. and a free community dinner at 5:30 p.m. This event is alcohol and tobacco free.

Read about a student who says the powwow comes natural to him.

Master of Ceremonies is Bob Tom of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Grand Ronde will serve as master of ceremonies, Ed Goodell (also with the Confederated Tribes of Siletz) is the whip man and the Northwest Indian Veterans Association is once again the powwow’s color guard. Proceeds from the annual Winter Powwow support the college’s Native American Student Scholarship, which helps to increase access and retention of Native American students.

Disabilities services are available at least 72 hours prior to the event. Call (971) 722-4341 to arrange accommodations.

For additional powwow information, visit

About James Hill

James G. Hill, an award-winning journalist and public relations writer, has been the Communications Specialist for the Office of Public Affairs at Portland Community College since November of 1999. A graduate of Portland State University, J... more »

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x by Annabelle 4 years ago

Who do I contact to volunteer for this event? The meetup was supposed to be today but school was closed due to fog and ice.

x by James Hill 4 years ago

Simply call the Multicultural Center: 971-722-4112.

x by daniel watkins 4 years ago

Powwowwow Yippee Yo Yippee Yay


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