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Participants in the 2012 powwow. Participants in the 2012 powwow.

Powwow Celebrates Native American Culture

The SDSU Native American Student Alliance will host the 42nd annual Lipay Tipay Mateyum Powwow on Saturday, April 6.
By Richard DeCrane

The 42nd annual Lipay Tipay Mateyum Powwow, hosted by the San Diego State University Native American Student Alliance, provides a chance to learn about the culture and traditions of Native American tribes.

About the event

The powwow runs from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, and will showcase different dance styles from the Great Plains region. It is free and open to the public.

A speaker will discuss the meaning of the specific songs and dances performed, which have traditionally been used to welcome home warriors, for healing, or social celebrations. This year's celebration will also feature Polynesian dancers from the Pacific Islands, including Hawaii, Tahiti and New Zeland.

Bird Singing Gathering

On Sunday, April 7, the Native American Student Alliance will host the Bird Singing Gathering which will feature the culture of California Indians. The event will run from 10 a.m. until sunset. It will include bird singing and dancing. Bird singing is a way of sharing through song creation and migration stories.

Both events will allow SDSU students and the public to experience Native American culture through diversity, education and sustainability. There will also be vendors selling Native American food and arts and crafts.

Event sponsors

This event is sponsored by the Native American Student Alliance, Department Of American Indian Studies, SDSU American Indian Alumni, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and Cultural Arts and Special Events at SDSU.