2015 Morongo Pow Wow Report

Posted By Charlie Ballard October 4th, 2015 Last Updated on: October 4th, 2015

In September the Morongo Band of Mission Indians hosted their 25th Annual Powwow in Cabazon, California.  Big prize money drew in many of our National dancers from all over Indian Country.  This is one of the last big dances on the West Coast before powwow season ends.

The Desert Mountain weather in this region is no joke, with average temps reaching the high 90's and 100 degree's on Saturday.  A few years ago the Morongo's decided to invest into a ventilated indoor tent for the spectators, dancers & singers. Great idea!

On hand to welcome visitors was Morongo tribal member and the current reigning Miss UCLA Powwow 2015/2016 – Dominique Lombardi.


The Grand Entry for Friday & Saturday nights was spectacular, I caught these Jingle dress dancers lining up right before they entered the arena, poised, confident and ready to dazzle the crowds.


Taking 3rd place this weekend in the Southern Drum Category was Creeping South of Winslow, Arizona.  These guys were sounding pretty good, I thought they should of took first.


Even though I'm on a new diet, which starts next year, I saw a chance to try some Pima frybread.  FYI – the Pima's know how to throw down so I made sure to snag me a piece, <– I'm talking about frybread (easy now) Like most family food vendors, some travel and some stay within their region, so because these guys don't travel to my neck of the woods, I had to fill up until who knows when, the result, tasty and very filling!



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