The powwow is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration. It celebrates the connections to tradition and spirituality, to the Earth and to one another in a social, personal and spiritual meeting. Powwows began mainly as religious ceremonies to gain wisdom from and give thanks to the Creator. Though many of today's powwows have evolved into social and contest-oriented dances; religious and ceremonial dances are still performed. Though the dance styles and content have changed, the meaning and importance of the dance has not. No other event captures the Native American spirit like the powwow. Native American Student Alliance would like to invite the surrounding community and the UCSD family.
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, the Council of Provosts, Sixth College, Division of Health Sciences, Division of Physical Sciences, Rady School of Management, the International Center, the Division of Arts & Humanities, Associated Students, and SPACES.