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15th annual Winter Powwow draws big crowds at Sylvania Campus
Photos and Story by Stephan Herrera
PCC’s 15th Annual Traditional Winter Powwow took place on Saturday, Jan. 18. The event is Sylvania Campus’ signature diversity event and featured drum groups and dancers from across the region, Native American crafts and food, activities for children, and raffle prizes. The ceremony was led by Master of Ceremonies Bob Tom (Confederated Tribes of Siletz and Grand Ronde) and Whip Man Ed Goodell (Confederated Tribes of Siletz). Northwest Indian Veterans Association served as this year’s color guard.
Attendees were able to meet and engage with local community groups as well as admission representatives from colleges and universities throughout Oregon. More than 1,000 people from across the northwest region were in attendance. With the help of students, staff, and faculty volunteers, 800 community members were fed through a free traditional community dinner.
“Volunteering at the powwow gives me an opportunity to connect with other students and learn more about Native American culture and history,” said volunteer and student Aracely Marron.
Proceeds raised from the powwow support the PCC Foundation’s Native American Student Scholarship, which aims to increase access and retention of Native American students at PCC. This event is sponsored by Linda Gerber, Sylvania Campus President, and the Sylvania Multicultural Center.