The powwow is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song, and family celebration. It celebrates connection to tradition and spirituality, to the Earth, and one another in a social, personal and spiritual meeting. Powwows were traditionally organized to be religious ceremonies, in which communities would share wisdom and give thanks to the Creator. Many of today's powwows have evolved into social and contest-oriented dances that bring together the native community; however, religious and ceremonial dances are still performed. Though dance styles and content have changed, the meaning and importance of dance has remained paramount. No other event captures the Native American spirit like the powwow. UC San Diego's Native American Student Alliance (NASA) invites UCSD students, the surrounding community, and local natives to dance, shop, eat, and celebrate with us.
Each session of a powwow begins with a Grand Entry. This is a procession of all the dancers entering the dance arena. Leading the procession into the arena are veterans bearing an Eagle Staff, the American flag, various Indian Nation flags and any other flags that are being displayed (i.e. the POWMIA flag, a state flag, etc.). They are followed by visiting Powwow Princesses, and then by male dancers, women dancers, teen and junior dancers and the tiny tot dancers. Once everyone is in the arena, the Emcee will ask the spectators to stand. The flags will be raised accompanied by the flag song. Usually this will be followed by a veteran's honoring song, then the Victory Dance.
The Native American Student Alliance would like to extend a special thanks to our co-sponsors: Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Associated Students, and SPACES.