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April 22, 2009 > Annual Pow Wow promotes peace

Annual Pow Wow promotes peace

By Mai El-Sadany

California's Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3 celebrates world cultures and Cinco de Mayo. The Pow Wow in San Juan Bautista will feature a number of Native American artists, dancers, drummers and singers from both North and South America. The $1 admission fee benefits Peace Vision, an organization promoting peace through the arts.

An extensive entertainment program has been scheduled in addition to multicultural vendors who sell basketry, dance regalia, dolls, dream catchers, drums, jewelry, paintings, pottery, sculpture and weavings. Highlights include:

* Xipe Totec Aztec Dancers' Fire Dance and White Eagle Dance, celebrating Cinco De Mayo on both days at 3 and 5 p.m. Audiences are invited by the Aztec Dancers and Maestro Gerardo Salinas of Mexico City to participate in the World Peace Dance.

* California Indian Intertribal Dancers, honoring California medicine song woman Bernice Torrez of the Kashaya Pomo tribe, daughter of the famous Essie Parrish. The group will perform Sunday at 11 a.m.

* San Juan Intertribal Council, drumming and chanting ancestral-honoring songs for the heroism of veterans and those who foster peace in their homes and communities.

All those in traditional regalia will be invited to participate in the Peace Pow Wow dances. Families are invited to do the Round Dance for world peace around the drum. Children can place their handprints and sign their names on the World Peace Teepee.

California Indian Market and Peace Pow Wow
Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3
10 a.m. to. 7 p.m.
Mission San Juan Bautista lot
San Jose and 2nd streets, San Juan Bautista
(831) 623-4771
$1 admission

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