48th Annual CSU Puvungna Pow Wow & Outreach

MARCH 10 – 11, 2018 – RAIN OR SHINE!

Presented by the American Indian Studies Program , American Indian Student Council, American Indian Student ServicesDivision of Student AffairsStudent Life and Development, and Associated Students, Inc.

Pow Wow

CSULB Annual Pow Wow, Second weekend in March. website: csulb.edu/powwow

California State University, Long Beach’s annual Pow Wow, an American Indian social celebration, returns to the campus’ central quad on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 – 11, 2018. The largest spring event of its kind in Southern California, the Pow Wow at Cal State Long Beach is focused on displaying the university’s strong American Indian presence. Admission and parking are free. We strongly recommend spectators to bring folding chairs.

The two-day event, which will feature American Indian dancing, arts, crafts and food begins at 11 AM each day and runs until 10 PM on Saturday and 7 PM on Sunday. In addition to contests and inter-tribal dancing, there will be Gourd dancing with Dancer Registration closing at 2 PM on Saturday, March 10. All dancers and drums are invited.

Native foods such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers will be on sale at the event, and American Indian vendors will be selling both traditional and contemporary American Indian art.

Download a Pow Wow Flyer 

A campus map and directions can be found at www.csulb.edu/map or you may download a Pow Wow Campus Map.

Pow Wow Schedule

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Time Event
11:00AM Gourd Dancing
1:00PM Grand Entry
2:00PM Dancer Registration Closes
4:00PM American Indian Student Council (AISC) Special
5:00PM to 6:00PM Dinner Break – California Indian Presentation
10:00PM Closing: Retire Colors and dance out

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Time Event
11:00AM Gourd Dancing
1:00PM Grand Entry
6:00PM Closing: Awards, Retire Colors and dance out

Head Staff:

  • Master of Ceremony: Arlie Neskahi (Diné)
  • Arena Director: Victor Chavez (Diné)
  • Head Man Dancer: Casey Fox (Arikara – Three Affiliated Tribes)
  • Head Woman Dancer: Patricia Lopez (Taos Pueblo)
  • Host Northern Drum: Coyote Canyon (Southern California)
  • Head Southern Singer: John Begay (Diné)
  • Host Gourd: Golden State Gourd Society
  • Spoonkeeper: Rebecca Sanchez (Yaqui/Mayo/Mexican)
  • California Indian Presentation: Ti’at Society (Tongva)


Head Man, Dr. Casey Fox, and his family are sponsoring a 2018 Royalty Special! The contest is open to any former and current Pow Wow Princesses 18 years of age and older (traditional, jingle, and fancy – must register for Special and be in full regalia).

Contest Prizes:

  • 1st Place: $500, beadset with shawl, star quilt, and jacket
  • 2nd Place: $300, star quilt, and jacket
  • 3rd Place: $200, star quilt, and jacket
  • Consolation gifts will also be offered

Download Dr. Case Fox Special Flyer




Parking Information

Enter the campus from 7th St., Atherton, Bellflower Blvd., or Palo Verde Ave. and follow directional signs to park for free:

  • General Pow Wow Parking in Lots E1, E2, G1, G2, G4, G5, G6, G7, G8, G9, G11, G13, & G14
  • Dancers, Singers, & Head Staff Parking in Lots E8, E9, E10, and E11
  • Vendor Registration & Parking in Lot E7, with additional parking in E8

A campus map and directions can be found at www.csulb.edu/maps.

You can also download a Pow Wow Campus Map

Links for Pow Wow Websites


Read Puvungna for Free!

Download a free copy of Puvungna, written by the author when he was just 14 years old for his 9th grade English class at Long Beach, California’s Stanford Junior High School.

Puvungna, the book by Daniel R StielPuvungna is a story about two young brothers who travel back in time and discover an ancient Indian village along the shores of a Southern California beach and the terrifying secret behind its disappearance over five hundred years ago.

Puvungna is inspired by the true story of a lost village that was once populated by the indigenous Tongva people and the artifacts the author found while exploring the vacant land near his home in Seal Beach.

You will meet Chinigchinich and the people who called Puvungna their home, and experience how they lived before their land was conquered, their spirituality, and the events that changed a long-forgotten history which took place at the village.

The Tongva, which means “people of the earth” in their native language, called Southern California their home for many thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans.
Believed to be the birthplace of Chinigchinich, a prophet and the spiritual leader of the native Tongva, Puvungna is considered sacred by indigenous people. It is also believed by many remaining modern-day Tongva people to be the place of creation.

The last remains of the village of Puvungna is located less than a mile from the Pacific Ocean on the campus of present day California State University, Long Beach, along the banks of a once flourishing creek that today is little more than a drainage ditch paved over with concrete.

Click here to download a copy of Puvungna. https://goo.gl/JDJCWq

Our Local Native Cultures – Culture In the Canyon

Join Dr. Kent Christenson for a glimpse into the lives of the Tongva and Chumash Native American tribes of Southern California.

Dr. Christenson, a recognized expert on Chumash and Tongva native culture, has built traditional Chumash aps (houses) and created tools and instruments using authentic methods and materials. His replicas of Native American artifacts are on display at the Oakbrook Park Chumash Interpretive Center, the Ventura County Museum of History & Art, and the Santa Barbara Natural History Museum. He will share his extensive knowledge and his rare collection of Chumash and Tongva artifacts in this evening of local native culture.

When: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 7:30 PM

Where: Temescal Canyon Gateway Park

15601 W Sunset Blvd, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272; (310) 454-1395 – Meet in Woodland Hall.



Crescenta Valley and the Tongva people

Crescenta Valley residents got a history lesson at their new county library last Friday when town leaders dedicated a plaque honoring three different and competing elements in the area’s founding.

Fallbrook artist Geri Gould, a La Crescenta native and member of the local native Tongva tribe, set out to tell the unincorporated town’s real history, a complex interweaving of Native American, Spanish and early American influences.

Read: CV’s heritage recounted at ceremony from the Valley Sun


Celebrating 10 years of Native theater

Native Voices at the Autry kicked off its 10th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of “Carbon Black,” a suspenseful psychological drama by Terry Gomez: Details


Historical Native American Artifacts Found in Excavation for Girls’ Gym

Native American artifacts have been found on the University High School campus in Los Angeles, situated around the excavation for the new girls’ gym.

Andrea Campos, Treasurer of the Gabrielino Tongva Springs Foundation (GTSF), identified these artifacts. They included a stone mortar and pestle, or a molcajete and a mano. These artifacts are now recognized as materials used by the Tongva tribe. University High School – Historical Native American Artifacts


UCLA Conference Announcement on Indigenous Peoples and International Law – Jan. 22, 2010

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the International Human Rights Framework – A Comfortable Fit?

The agenda is here.

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center

in conjunction with The Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs at UCLA School of Law and The UCLA Tribal Learning Community and Educational Exchange

with additional support from the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy Native Nations Law and Policy Center


Symposium: Indigenous Peoples’ Rights in the International Human Rights Framework — A Comfortable Fit?

January 22, 2010

Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Blessing, Welcome, and Introduction of Keynote: 9:00 am – 9:30 a.m.

Anthony Morales, Chief of the Gabrielino-Tongva Band of Mission Indians

Stephen Yeazell, Interim Dean, UCLA School of Law (invited)

Angela R. Riley, Visiting Professor of Law and Acting Associate Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center

Opening Keynote Address: 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

S. James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People, and Professor of Law, University of Arizona

Short Coffee Break: 10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Morning Session: 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Panel One: Indigenous Peoples, the Environment, and Development

Robert T. Coulter, Executive Director, Indian Law Resource Center

Professor Kristen Carpenter, UC-Boulder College of Law

Professor Larissa Behrendt, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

Discussant: Professor Stuart Banner, UCLA School of Law

Lunch: 12p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center: 1:15-1:30:

Claudia Mitchell-Kernan, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the UCLA Graduate Division

2 Afternoon Session: 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Panel Two: Indigenous Peoples, Governance, and Political Autonomy

Professor Duane Champagne, UCLA Dept. of Sociology

Professor Catherine Iorns, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Faculty of Law; Member, International Law Association, Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Professor Siegfried Wiessner, St. Thomas University School of Law; Chair, International Law Association, Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Discussant: Professor Angela R. Riley, UCLA School of Law

Afternoon Break: 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Afternoon Session: 3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Panel Three: Contemplating Individual and Collective Rights Issues Under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Arizona State University Law School

Professor Ariel Dulitzky, Clinical Professor of Law, Director Human Rights Clinic, University of Texas at Austin, School of Law

Professor Lorie Graham, Suffolk Law School, American Delegate to the International Law Association Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Discussant: Professor Mishuana Goeman, UCLA, Dept. Women’s Studies