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VIDEO: 41st Annual Stanford Powwow

Original post made on May 15, 2012

Mother's Day always means something additional at Stanford University: the Stanford Powwow. The powwow featured traditional dancing, songs, a drum contest, a fun run and a colorful, popular cultural gathering. Video by Veronica Weber/Palo Alto Online.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 14, 2012, 7:35 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by MissedIt!, a resident of another community
on May 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Would have been nice to have known about this BEFORE the event - my family would have loved to attend this. Must have missed it somehow.


Posted by P.A. Native, a resident of Mountain View
on May 15, 2012 at 4:05 pm

No worries MissedIt!, the Pow Wow will be back next year. I'm still a bit surprised that Stanford continues the tradition, but it's a good surprised. Nice to see the Native culture getting some recognition.

When you do bring your family, don't forget to stay until they open the dance circle to everyone. It's truly something to see!


Posted by local gurl, a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

It is isn't "Stanford the institution" that continues the "tradition" -- it is the Native American students themselves who organize and run this event.


Posted by P.A. Native, a resident of Mountain View
on May 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

OK, I stand corrected. Thought that Stanford might have something to do with it since they used to use that hideous Indian logo.


Posted by local gurl, a resident of Greenmeadow
on May 16, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Thanks to pressure from the Native American students and greater community concerned about the "Indians" moniker, Stanford abandoned its ill-advised use of the name and mascot. It then over-reacted by implementing use of a color ("Cardinal" as in cardinal red) instead of any kind of other mascot name or figure. Go figure. Oh well, I guess there won't be any complaints about that from any corner of the world . . .


Posted by VoxPop, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 17, 2012 at 8:31 pm

@local gurl: Stanford, the institution didn't pick cardinal, the students did. But only after their first choice, the "Robber Barons," was rejected by the institution. I think that moniker would have been a better fit, given Senator Stanford's history. By the way, Stanford does have a mascot -- the Tree.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 18, 2012 at 12:36 am

The Robber Barons would've been perfect! But what would be their mascot? A gold rick, a railroad tie, a chest of gold pieces?

I had some Native friends who helped organize the pow wow years ago. It was an impressive amount of work. Excellent singers & drummers.


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