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Indio Powwow celebrates Native American Heritage at Fantasy Springs

2 October 2012

INDIO, Calif. - (PRESS RELEASE) -– The 31st Indio Powwow comes to the Cabazon Indian Reservation and Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-25. Happening inside the resort's Special Events Center, the powwow brings thousands of tribal and non-tribal people together for a celebration of culture and customs.

Historically, Native American tribes have come together annually to trade, socialize and honor feats of bravery and achievement. Fall gatherings celebrated the successful harvest and brought people together to feast, dance, sing and hold ceremonies. The 31st Indio Powwow features tribes from across the United States and Canada who come in elaborate regalia to show their skill in dance and singing competitions.

Visitors to the Indio Powwow will have an opportunity to taste Native American foods such as Indian fry bread and shop among vendors for jewelry, weavings and other types of Native American art. Powwow highlights include the Bird Singers and the Grand Entry, when all the dancers form a procession, winding around the arena.

The Indio Powwow is a rich part of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indian’s heritage and they welcome everyone to share in this special yearly tradition. Admission is free.

The powwow opens on Friday, November 23 from 5:00 p.m. to midnight. Grand entry is scheduled for 8:00p.m. On Saturday, festivities start at 11:00 a.m. with grand entry scheduled at 1:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., closing at midnight. Sunday the powwow gets underway at 11:00 a.m. with the grand entry at 1:00 p.m., and ends for another year at 6:0 0p.m.

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