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.
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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 http://www.pcc.edu/powwow/