Hundreds of dancers from across North America gathered at the 24th San Manuel Powwow over the weekend at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.
Displaying the best dancers, drummers and artisans from several tribes joined at the Grand Entry during the 24th Powwow celebrated from Friday through Sunday at San Manuel Stadium in San Bernardino.
The powwow was scheduled for October at California State University, San Bernardino, when power was turned off because of the threat of wildfires.
Braving cold wind and rain last weekend, the powwow featured special songs, music, dance, food and ceremonies, reminding people of the rich Native American heritage.
After blessing the grounds with sage and a prayer wishing for a good time by the elders, the event started around sundown on Friday, followed by bird singing by the hosting tribe.
Colorful, and vibrant regalia were on full display during the grand entry, which included tribal chiefs, princesses, elders and powwow organizers, before all dancers danced to the rhythm of drums, previously blessed.
A flag ceremony was held, with the U.S. flag, tribal flags, and eagle staffs presented.
Two other grand entries were held on Saturday and Sunday, prior to the dance contests, where experienced dancers mimic the sway of grass and danced to the rhythm of drums. The dancing included three categories — contest, exhibition and intertribal.