Pow-Wow celebrates Native American heritage

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The swift beating of drums, followed by the tempo of dancers swinging their hips in unison, drew the attention of hundreds of members of the community last year as they took part in celebrating Native American heritage.

This year City College, in a joint effort with American River College, will host the third annual Pow-Wow April 30 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. behind Union Stadium.

“The best part about it is bringing our schools together,” said Emma Snuggs, a registered member of the Deer clan. “This is a really great opportunity to explore and experience culture. The community is tradition for native people.”

People from all over Sacramento will attend this event. Aztec dancers, singers and drummers, including Native American champion drum group Black Lodge, are set to perform at the event. The members of this group are registered members of the Blackfeet Nation.

Snuggs, a Native American studies and political science major  serves as Associated Student Government commissioner of Public Relations for, and the public relations officer for Indigenous People Club.

According to Snuggs, culture is what brings the “community” to community college. She said that Los Angeles and Sacramento are two of the largest populations for Native Americans.

“There are 500 self-identified Native Americans at SCC. It’s a very populated area,” Snuggs said.

The 2011 Pow-Wow will feature a princess contest, in which people can enter themselves into different categories for singing or dancing, and top contestants will be eligible to win prizes.

The purpose of Pow-Wow is to gather the community and join in dancing, singing and visiting. Learning about different cultures is big step to fill the negativity that has formed out of ignorance, according to Snuggs.

According to Snuggs, the previous years that the Pow-Wow has been hosted at American River College, hundreds of people from the greater Sacramento area have attended. The organizers are expecting a crowd of 500.

“We just want to celebrate one another,” Snuggs said.