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The De Anza Pow Wow over the years ..

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May 13-14 1983

Benifits from this year’s Pow Wow were divided between the Lynn Morse memorial scolarship and the Santa Clara American Indian Council, who co-sponsored the event.

May 10-11 1985

Braves and Indian women of all ages, from tribes all over the nation, came dancing onto campus…some of the approxamately 31 tribes represented on campus were the Sioux, Navaho, Blackfeet Assinabone, Jicarilla Apache and Shawnee.

This information was taken from La Voz, March 7, 1985.

May 5-8 1998

The 18th annual Pow Wow and Native American arts and crafts fair was held on De Anza’s campus on May 1-3 which brought in people from as far away as New Mexico. The Powwow was part fair and part celebration of Native American culture, heritage, and spitit. The Pow Wow included singing, dancing, arts and crafts, games, and food.

May, 1999

Last year’s Pow Wow was quite possibly the last Pow wow DeAnza would ever have. Gerri Parker, who has organized the Pow Wow since 1993, gave up her position as chairwoman after the 1998 Pow Wow due to lack of support from the college.

Parker had requested release time, a clerical assistant and additional funding from the college.

Parker is no longer the administrative head of the Pow Wow but will remain the person in charge. Many students were dismayed to learn that the Pow Wow was in danger.

“This is one of the few times where we can learn about Native American culture and gain some insight into the lifestyle of the American Indian people,” said student Paul Palath, in May 1999.

March 5-7 2000

This year’s Pow Wow will be featuring an American Indian arts and film festival, as well as guests from the US and Canada. “We are one of the largest Pow Wows in northern California”, stated ICS instructor Leslie Berry.

Some of the features of this year’s Pow Wow will include California native dancers from the Pomo tribe, on Saturday night of the Pow Wow, and various artisans, singers, and dancers from all over the country. Admission is free, although there will be a request for donations to help cover expenses. “Our only interest in collecting money is to meet expenses,” said Berry.

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