The university’s largest multicultural festival honors Native American heritage.

Photographs by Ryan A. Jae and Adam Pardee

Participants in the the Men’s Ironman Fancy Dance, at the 47th annual Stanford Powwow. The highly popular event entails competitors dancing for 30 minutes nonstop before a winner can be decided. (Photos by Ryan A. Jae)

The 47th annual Stanford Powwow was held for three days over this past weekend on the university campus.

Joe Fox Hoppert from Richmond, California, who is part Laguna Pueblo, Pomo and Hawaiian, performed in the dance competition of the Stanford Powwow in Palo Alto on May 13th, 2018. (Photo by Adam Pardee)

As one of the largest powwows on the West Coast, Stanford’s student-run annual celebration of Native American culture draws a wide range of participants, representing a diverse array of indigenous people from around North America (this year’s event included Mapuche, Paiute, Oglala Lakota Sioux and Navajo, to name just a few).

The festival included an art market (featuring Native American crafts and handmade jewelry), a family-oriented fun run and a wide range of different foods, from fry bread to “Indian tacos.”

The music and dance competitions are among the most anticipated of the events at the powwow, showcasing a variety of participants fully dressed in traditional attire and ceremonial regalia.

First held in the spring of 1971, the inaugural event was organized shortly after the Stanford American Indian Organization formed one year earlier as a means of greater representation for Native American students in both community and curriculum.

Clockwise from top: Handmade dreamcatchers and jewelry made and sold by Jacqueline Wallace and Marcello Garzo-Montaluo of the Mapuche from San Diego; both dancers and spectators gather to participate in the closing ceremony, in which the arena becomes open for everyone to participate in one last dance as flags are carried from the head of the arena outside; Handmade ornaments made by Cameron, Arizona, resident Rebecca Hasken of the Navajo nation. (Photos by Adam Pardee and Ryan A. Jae)
Clockwise from top left: Handmade beaded jewelry made and sold by Walnut Creek resident Richard Flittie of the Oglala Lakota; Handmade turquoise jewlery made by San Diego residents Jacqueline Wallace and Marcello Garzo-Montaluo, both members of the Mapuche; Handmade beaded hand drum drumsticks and hand drums, also by Richard Flittie of the Oglala Lakota. (Photos by Adam Pardee)
Clockwise from top left: A contestant participates in the Men’s Ironman Fancy Dance, in which a winner was crowned after 30 minutes and 14 songs of nonstop dancing; [both pics on right] scenes from the closing ceremony dance; a wide shot of the Men’s Ironman Fancy Dance. (Photos by Ryan A. Jae)

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