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Hartnell College Plans to Revive Pow Wow

March 31st, 2005

A Native American club at Hartnell College is planning to revive the pow wow tradition at Hartnell College.

The club, called Honoring Indigenous Intertribal Peoples (HIIP), is seeking drummers, dancers and vendors who would like to participate in a pow wow to be held Saturday, April 30, from noon to 8 p.m. in front of the library.

A pow wow is the Native American people's way of meeting together, according to Patric Aledo, HIIP president. It's a time for Native Americans to join in dancing, singing, visiting, renewing old friendships and making new ones, he said.

Hartnell held pow wows for several years, but not in recent times, according to Aledo. We look forward to reviving this tradition and expect between 500 and 1,000 people from the campus and community to participate, he said.

The pow wow is sponsored by the HIIP and Hartnell's Center for International/Intercultural Education in association with the Candelaria American Indian Council of Salinas and the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley.

Vendors and performers interested in participating in the pow wow should contact Patric Aledo at (831) 776-9266 or HIIP Vice President Rick Larios at (831) 801-1284.