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August 24, 2012 (El Cajon)—Native Americans from across the nation will convene September 7 -9 at the Sycuan reservation for the 23rd annual Sycuan Pow-wow. 

More than $125,000 in prize money will be awarded for top participants in bird singing and dancing and a drum/singing contest.  Native American arts and crafts will be available for purchase, as well as food.  The event, which is free and open to the public, is an opportunity to learn more about Native American culture and heritage. 

Events open with Kumeyaay bird singing and dancing, gour dancing and a grand entry procession at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 7, followed by a flag ceremony and victory song, inter-tribal dances, and Peon-Kumeyaay hand games at dusk.  Additional competitions will be held each day, with final rounds held on Sunday afternoon.

The pow-wow grounds are located behind the Sycuan Casino at 5459 Sycuan Road in El Cajon. Bring lawn chairs for comfortable viewing.  Alcohol and firearms are prohibited near pow-wow grounds.

For a complete schedule of events and directions, visit .


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