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Annual powwow event at Morongo continues through weekend

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Native American tribes from across North America joined Friday and through the weekend for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ 31st annual “Thunder & Lightning Powwow” in Cabazon, competing in dance and drum competitions, as well as engaging in other cultural activities.

The three-day event got underway at 4 p.m. Friday and will conclude Sunday afternoon at the Morongo Resort & Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive.

“Each day will be highlighted by the ‘grand entry,’ a vibrant parade of color and sound that features hundreds of dancers in traditional regalia swirling to the music of competitive drum groups and singers,” according to a resort statement. “Dozens of vendors will be on hand, selling Indian tacos, tamales and frybread, as well as authentic Native American jewelry, bead work, pottery, clothing and basketry.”

An estimated 900 dancers from the various North American tribes are slated to take part, officials said. The exact number of tribes planning to attend was not specified.

There will be drum calls and bird singing, which is akin to chanting the experiences of Indian tribes, each day. On Saturday, a series of Peon games, a unique form of gambling developed by the indigenous people of what is now California, are planned.

Color guard ceremonies are also scheduled each day of the powwow.

The commencement of ceremonies coincides with California Native American Day.

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