Kids can take part in the many craft booths on site at the Pechanga PowWow. Young attendees are invited to make items such as woven bracelets, colorful cutouts and more. Children can also take part in the Round Dances, open to all powwow attendees. These all-encompassing dances allow spectators to dance alongside Native American participants, trying out the steps and movements of the hundreds of tribes represented at the event. After dusk on Saturday, July 12, kids can see a fireworks show that rivals any at the biggest sports stadiums and amusement parks. They can also meet and take pictures with well-known Native Americans such as Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills and actor Saginaw Grant (The Lone Ranger, Breaking Bad and more).
"This is one of the best places you can bring your family to experience the real traditions and customs of the indigenous American people," says PowWow Director, Randy Pico. "The powwow brings us together to celebrate our heritage, and we're able to share it and teach people about it at the same time. It's very powerful."
The Pechanga PowWow also provides a perfect opportunity to try unique, tasty, and healthy Native American foods. Featuring dozens of acclaimed Native American chefs, attendees young and old can enjoy tastes of the very traditional to the more modern and sweet-tooth satisfying indigenous-inspired dishes. Guests can get their fill of Indian frybread, buffalo burgers (half the calories and four times less fat than beef), native style tamales made with local corn and buffalo meat, mutton stew, buffalo stew, native jerky such as venison, elk, and salmon. There will be healthy Native American snacks such as Tanka Bars (made from buffalo and cranberries) and juice stands serving smoothies featuring indigenous fruits like persimmons, blueberries, blackberries and mulberries. For a powwow dessert, attendees can opt for frybread strawberry shortcake, cookies and treat bars made from Native American harvested honey and more. Guests can also meet many well-known Native American chefs at the Pechanga Pow Wow such as Lucy Hale, Suozoe Wilson, Ira Hogland and Carmon Mojado who will be making specialty dishes infused with authentic southwestern and west coast flavors and ingredients.
"Native Americans have always used what they could from the land in the most respectful ways possible," says Native American food expert, Suozoe Wilson. "We create dishes that could be served in some of the hottest restaurants in Los Angeles or San Francisco with ingredients that have been locally and responsibly sourced. Powwow attendees love the food they find available at the event. It rounds out the whole experience for them."
More than 75,000 spectators and tribal participants from across North America are expected to descend on the Pechanga Reservation Festival Grounds for the 19th Annual Pechanga PowWow July 11, 12 and 13, 2014. For more information on the 19th Annual Pechanga PowWow, call (877) 711-2946 or visit www.Pechanga.com.
Parking is free and shuttles to and from parking areas and the resort will be provided.
About Pechanga Resort & Casino
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