San Diego County’s largest celebration of Native American tradition and culture, the 41st Annual Barona Powwow, will be held at the Barona Baseball Field on Sept. 2-4.
Since its inception in 1970, the tribal celebration has grown into a three-day event drawing over 10,000 Native Americans and visitors from across the nation and featuring more than 200 dancers competing for $60,000 in cash prizes.
“Over the past four decades, the Barona Powwow has grown to become such a wonderful cultural celebration and we are proud to be able to share it with visitors from San Diego and throughout the United States,” said Edwin “Thorpe” Romero, chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. “During Labor Day weekend, guests will have the opportunity to come out to Barona and experience traditional Native American culture by watching a variety of performances, tasting traditional Indian foods and visiting crafts booths. It is an exciting event for all.”
The Powwow will showcase traditional tribal dances from dancers of all ages, singing and music, a hand drum contest and handcrafted arts and jewelry. Visitors will also have the opportunity to taste a variety of authentic Native American cuisine, including Indian fry bread, and take part in games and contests for all ages.
To help celebrate the powwow, the Barona Cultural Center & Museum has extended its 40th anniversary powwow exhibition. The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites all to visit the museum exhibit to learn about the event’s history and traditions. The commemorative retrospective — Barona Powwow Celebrates 40 Years — is available for viewing in the Barona Museum Community Center through Sept. 4.
The Barona Baseball Field is at 1095 Barona Road, one mile north of Barona Resort & Casino on the Barona Indian Reservation. Admission and parking are free.
The Barona Band of Mission Indians, recognized by the U.S. government as a sovereign nation, has lived on the Barona Indian Reservation since 1932. Prior to that, the tribe lived on the Capitan Grande Reservation, which was established by the federal government in 1875.
Long before living on a reservation, the tribe traveled across Southern California in tune with the seasons and what nature provided. One of the most successful gaming tribes in the country, Barona also owns and operates the Barona Resort & Casino.
For more information, call 619-443-6612 or visit www.barona-nsn.gov.