Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly version Share this

September 2, 2011 (Lakeside)--Tribal dancers from across the United States will compete for $60,000 in prize money at the Barona Poway. The pow-wow will be held Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4 at the Barona Baseball Field on the Barona Indian Reservation in Lakeside. 


This event, which also features Native American crafts, jewelry and food vendors, is free and open to the public.



Each dance carries special significance. For instance, grass dancers traditionally stomped the earth to flatten grasses and prepare a powwow site. Tribal members participate in different dances at different stages of life. The most energetic and intricate steps are performed by male “fancy dancers” in elaborate costumes. As the men grow older, they may participate in gourd dances, a less rigorous activity using gourd rattles.




FRIDAY September 2

•Gourd Dancing - 6pm
•Grand Entry - 7pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY September 3 &4

•Gourd Dancing - 1pm & 6 pm
•Grand Entry - 7pm
•Supper Break - 5pm - 6pm
•49 Contest after Saturday evening session

Head Staff

•Arena Director - Pete Buffalo Head
•Head Man Dancer - Frank Adson
•Head Woman Dancer - Verna Street
•Head Gourd Dancer - Larry Brown
•Head Young Woman Dancer - Tristin Cruz
•Head Young Man Dancer - Harrison Whitecloud
•Host Southern Drum - Omaha Whitetail
•Host Northern Drum - Poundmaker
•Emcee - Tom Phillips

Special Contests - Saturday Night

•Men's Fancy Dance
•Sponsored by the Powwow Committee

Hand Drum Contest

•Sunday afternoon
•Prizes to be announced
•Sponsored by Powwow Committee

2011-2012 Powwow Princess

Autumn Banegas

For more information see:



More Info:

Error message

Local news in the public interest is more important now than ever, during the COVID-19 crisis. Our reporters, as essential workers, are dedicated to keeping you informed, even though we’ve had to cancel fundraising events. Please give the gift of community journalism by donating at