San Manuel Pow Wow

The San Manuel Pow Wow has earned a reputation as the most competitive and prestigious Pow Wow in California, with participants competing for some of the highest prize monies offered in this Native American  tradition.


It’s a competition like no other. Complete with competitors dressed in colorful regalia in a beautiful outside setting; moving and dancing to ancient drumlines and bird-singing in first-nation languages; and, above all, a spirit of intense competition, respect and friendship of over 700 participants.


This is San Manuel Pow Wow – the largest Pow Wow on the West Coast, and an event you can enjoy for free in October.

Just a few elements of the 21st Annual San Manuel Pow Wow:

  • Runs October 7-9, 2016 in the beautiful hillside fields of Cal State San Bernardino
  • Free to the public and family friendly
  • A unique competition arena complete with a play-by-play announcer who explains each category and highlights the “super stars” of the competition
  • Each day, attendees get to experience The Grand Entry, a vibrant procession that features the Regalia and Royalty of each participating tribe. Kind of the “parade of nations” in Native American tradition.
  • The public is welcome to participate in an “All Dance” event held each day of the competition, helping visitors better understand this Native American tradition
  • Alongside the competition, an exhibition with handmade Native American clothing and food (yummy fry bread tacos!)


For more info on the Pow Wow visit:





San Manuel on Facebook


San Manuel PowWow Website

Author: So Cal Life Mag Guest Post

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