32 Pics to Celebrate the 24th Annual Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown November 16th, 2016 Last Updated on: November 16th, 2016


The Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow was recently held Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park
in Berkeley, California.

For 24 years the city of Berkeley has proudly acknowledged and annually celebrated the extraordinary contribution of the Native peoples of the Americas. The first Indigenous Peoples day in Berkeley took place on Oct. 12, 1992, marking the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the struggle of the Native peoples of the Americas to live their lives, and retain their land, culture, children and identity. The day was celebrated by honoring all our ancestors, those carrying on the spirit today and all future generations.

The pow wow was a fun time and a great success with the help of the following folks!

M.C. ……………………….. Randy Pico (Luiseno)
Arena Director: …….. Henry Johnson (Paiute)
Head Man Dancer …… Joaquin Cruz (Comanche/Yaqui)
Head Woman Dancer … Pepper Singh (Kiowa)
Head Gourd Dancer … Charles Koshiway (Otoe/Sac & Fox)
Host Northern Drum …. Swift Cloud
Host Southern Drum … Aaron Bear & Company
Head Judge……………… Sasheen Littlefeather (Apache/Yaqui)
Contest Coordinator…. Paulette Pico
Pow Wow Coordinator… Gino Barichello (Mvskoke Nation of OK)
Vendors Coordinator… Hallie Frazer (Quichua)

Photographer Paula Schultz was at the pow wow to capture the beauty of the dancers for us. Please enjoy!

Great shots Paula!

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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