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East County News Service

January 4, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Native American Student Alliance at Cuyamaca College will host its 3rd Annual Powwow on Saturday, February 4th from  10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Communication Arts complex (Building B).

The powwow aims to promote Native American heritage, with activities, including Bird Singing, a native singing style of the Kumeyaay people honoring the culture and traditions of the local tribes of this region.

Cuyamaca is an adaptation of a Kumeyaay phrase, “Ekwiiyemak,” which writers have translated to mean “behind the clouds,” “above rain,” and “the place where the rain comes from heavens.”  No matter the translation, Cuyamaca College's ties to the Native American community and culture are strong, with its location on once indigenous land and its close proximity to many reservations.

The powwow will also include arts and craft vendors, food vendors, drums, native dances and more. Admission and parking will be free.