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Friendship Gathering and Pow Wow Celebrates American Indian Culture


  • Event opens to the public, 10 a.m.
  • Grand Entry, 11 a.m.
  • Honor dances
  • Social dances
  • Little Swan Dancers, 1 p.m.
  • Children’s crafts, 1:20 p.m.
  • Exhibition dances
  • Social dances
  • Tiny Tots Special (all children 8 and younger), 2:30 p.m.
  • Children’s storytelling, 2:45 p.m.
  • Exhibition dances
  • Social dances
  • Young Leaders of Satus sign language performance, 4:15 p.m.
  • All Veteran’s Honor Dance
  • Grand Exit and Retire the Colors, 4:50 p.m.
  • Friendship Feast, 5-7 p.m.

The sounds of traditional Native American drums and songs will fill the air Saturday, Oct. 11 at the CWU Friendship Gathering and Pow Wow. Everyone is invited to join in the American Indian gathering where dancers, drummers and singers come together to celebrate and share their culture.

The event is 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the lawn on the east side of the CWU Science Building (11th Avenue and D Street). There will be various vendor booths and a variety of events and activities for all ages, including dancing, storytelling and performances by the Black Lodge Singers, a Grammy nominated Native American northern drum group. Other groups performing at the gathering include the Yakama Warriors Association Honor Guard, the Spirit of the Renegade drum group, the Little Swan Dancers of the Yakama Nation, and the Young Leaders of Satus.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and a grand entry kicks things off at 11 a.m. Honor, exhibition and social dances will take place throughout the day, as well as a sign language performance and Native American storytelling. Children will be entertained with arts and crafts and a special performance of traditional pow wow songs by the Black Lodge Singers. From 5-7 p.m., all are welcome to the friendship feast where elk, salmon, roasted corn and dessert will be served.

For more information, contact the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice at 509-963-2127 or The event is sponsored by the CWU Center for Diversity, the CWU Department of Film Studies and Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.