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Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Host 32nd Indio Powwow Thanksgiving Weekend

Cabazon Band of Mission Indians photo from November 2011 Indio Powwow.
Cabazon Band of Mission Indians photo from November 2011 Indio Powwow.
The Cabazon Band of Mission Indians plan to host the 32nd Indio Powwow at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino's Special Events Center during Thanksgiving weekend, Friday Nov. 29 thru Sunday Dec. 1.

The event is expected to "bring thousands of tribal and non-tribal people together for a celebration of culture and customs," organizers said Wednesday in an announcement. Admission is free.

"Historically, Native American tribes have come together annually to trade, socialize and honor feats of bravery and achievement," Cabazon Band of Mission Indians reps said. "Fall gatherings celebrated the successful harvest and brought people together to feast, dance, sing and hold ceremonies. The 32nd Indio Powwow features tribes from across the United States and Canada who come in elaborate regalia to show their skill in dance and singing competitions."

Food vendors and artisans will be on hand, offering Native American foods such as Indian fry bread, jewelry, weavings and other types of Native American art.

Powwow highlights include Bird Singers and Grand Entry processions.

The 32nd Indio Powwow is a rich part of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians' heritage and they welcome everyone to share in their annual tradition, organizers said.

Indio Powwow Schedule:

- The powwow opens at 5 p.m. Friday Nov. 29 to midnight. Grand entry is scheduled for 8 p.m.

- On Saturday Nov. 30, festivities start at 11 a.m. with grand entries scheduled at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., closing at midnight.

- On Sunday Dec. 1, the powwow gets underway at 11 a.m. with grand entry at 1 p.m., and ends at 6 p.m.

Fantasy Springs Resort Casino is a privately operated business of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. For more info call (800) 827-2946 or visit www.FantasySpringsResort.com.

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