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Bishop Pabanamanina Powwow 2016

Posted By Charlie Ballard September 27th, 2016 Last Updated on: September 27th, 2016

This past weekend the Bishop Paiute of Owens Valley hosted their annual Powwow in Bishop, California!  This dance is held in tandem with the California Indian Day celebrations which are held thru out the state in September by California Indian tribes.

On Friday, the Bishop Powwow 2016 kicked off their activities with a local parade!  My travel buddy, my mom, got a chance to take a photo with one of their floats when it was over!

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For those of you who don't know anything about the Paiute, here are some quick notes about their culture:

The Northern Paiute can be found in California, Idaho, Nevada and Oregon, the 6 bands of the Owens Valley Paiute can be found in California/Nevada and the Southern Paiute can be found in Arizona, Southeastern California, Nevada and Utah.

If anyone gets a chance to drive thru Owens Valley on the way to Bishop, the scenic views are spectacular!

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The Paiute are a mix of two joining tribes, the Pai and the Ute.  You can find the Pai tribes all over Arizona i.e. Havasupai, Hualapai, Yavapai and even the Pai Pai from Mexico.  The Utes tribes can be found in Northern Utah and also in Southern Colorado.

Some well known people from the Paiute Nation include Wovoka, a Paiute spiritual leader who brought the Ghost Dance to many Nations & Chief Winnemucca.

Like any Friday before the first Grand Entry begins, theres always a set up for spectators involved.  Many local residents were out setting up their canopys behind the dance arbor.

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And what would a powwow be without the arts & crafts booths?  There were many vendors available for different types of knick knacks and treats!

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Some famous faces were on hand at this years Bishop Powwow 2016, and when I say famous, I mean Powwow famous!

Here is Eric Bears Paw from Morley, Canada., of the Nakoda Stoney Nation.  I managed to catch up with Eric as he was selling raffle tickets for his Canadian Goods Basket, with included items such as Catsup Chips and Tim Horton's Coffee.  Notice his shirt in this picture, Eric won, “Best Grand Entry Dancer” , by the Bishop Powwow committee! Look for him in the Grand Entry video above!

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Also in attendance was Melonie Matthews, who coordinates the Miss Indian World pageant at the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The Matthews family were on hand to promote next years #GONPowwow2017 at the Tingley Coliseum.

Last year about this time  we saw the Matthews family in Morongo, California., for the Thunder & Lightning Powwow and like us, it looks like they traded in the 100 degree Southern California heat for a powwow in the nice cool weather of the Sierra Mountains!

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See you guys next time on the Powwow Trail!


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