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Welcome to the website for the 45th annual UC Davis Powwow!

Please join us for the 2017 Powwow on April 15th. The Powwow takes place on the East and West Quad of the UC Davis campus. FREE and open to the public. Powwow may be cancelled due to rain.

General Powwow Information

  • Saturday April 15th 2017

  • 10am to 10pm

  • Grand entry: 12 noon

  • Location: UC Davis Campus Outdoor East and West Quad



This community gathering is made possible by the generous support and backing of American Indian Recruitment and Retention, SRRC, Native American Student Union, UC Davis Native American Studies Department, Native American Faculty and Staff Association, UC Davis Student Affairs, UC Davis Music Department, ASUCD and the American River College Anthropology Club.

Powwow flyer

Interested in being a vendor?

If you would like to vend for a non-profit organization, please fill out our Non-Profit Vendor application.

If you are interested in being a Food Vendor, please fill out our Food Vendor application.

If you are interested in being a Non-Food Vendor, please fill out our Non-Food Vendor application.

All applications should be emailed to Monae Roberts at Thank you!


***The CCC is committed to providing an accessible and welcoming environment for elders, community members, students, faculty and staff. To request accommodations to participate in powwow, please contact Monae Roberts at (530) 752-6620 or at least 2 weeks prior to the event.***

Powwow celebrates the traditions and contributions of Indigenous people and cultures. The powwow creates a space on the UC Davis campus for Native American music, dance, Native voices, art and culture to be vibrantly visible. It provides opportunities for the campus and local Native community to build connections to address the social, cultural, historical and political issues facing Indigenous people. Powwow educates our UC Davis campus and larger community about the diverse cultural elements that comprise and contribute to our society. It promoted cross-cultural communication and alliances by providing opportunities for community and leadership experiences and development for the student community at UC Davis. The Davis powwow presents speakers, workshops, seminars, art exhibits, performing artists, films, receptions, cultural ceremonies and educates and empowers youth through outreach conferences.

Created in 1969, the first UC Davis Powwow was hosted in conjunction with the creation of the Native American Studies Department. In the years to follow, the powwow has been the culminating event for the Native American Culture Days events and programs.

The UC Davis powwow is a nationally recognized event that has benefited the campus since its inception and continues to be the premier cultural event for Native Americans and Indigenous peoples in the surrounding local community. Our powwow has hosted and showcased vendors, dancers, judges, head staff, drum groups and attendees from not only all over California but all throughout Indian Country.

The powwow provides an opportunity for many Native American youth, families and community members to join UC Davis in celebration of our cultural traditions and practices. It has served as an excellent recruitment event for prospective undergraduate and graduate students and retention tool for Native students currently enrolled at UC Davis. For some community members the UC Davis powwow may be their first experience on a college campus where they get to see there is a strong Native American presence and community on campus.

Davis students who are involved with the planning of the powwow are able to maintain their roots and build a stronger connection to their identity while navigating their experience as an Indigenous scholar in a Western educational institution. The UC Davis student organized and run powwow is one of the longest running student powwows in California.


Please feel free to contact Monae Roberts at (530) 752-6620 or

Basic Powwow Etiquette

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve taken an interest in learning basic Powwow etiquette. Positive and respectful behavior will ensure a good and welcoming environment at the Powwow for all who attend. Our Powwow is open to all dancers and people. The last thing we want is for dancers and visitors to have a negative experience. We want everyone to feel welcome and take part in our 44th Annual UC Davis Powwow.

Below are some basic do’s and do not’s that will help make the most out of your Powwow experience:

Listen to the Emcee (MC)

The MC will let you know the protocol for each dance, keep you entertained, and be the go to person for any questions. The MC will clarify if you are uncertain of procedure or etiquette. Please note that the Arena Director, and organizing Powwow Committee Members will also gladly help you with any and all questions or concerns.

Use correct terminology

The clothing the dancers wear is called regalia, NOT costumes.

Do NOT take pictures without asking for permission

Always ask participants prior to taking their picture or recording them.This can be a very sensitive issue and may make some dancers uncomfortable. Photographs taken of dancers without their permission have historically been sold, marketed and exploited for profit. Please do not engage in this type of activity. The Emcee will let you know if and when photography is allowed or not allowed at the powwow.

Please be respectful of the dancer's regalia

Do not touch the dancer’s regalia without permission. From their clothing to their jewelry and accessories, many of these items may be ancient family heirlooms. They are fragile, sacred, and irreplaceable. If a dancer drops any piece or part of their regalia, do not pick it up, please notify the powwow staff for assistance.

Do not touch or pick up a fallen Eagle Feather

If you find a fallen Eagle Feather, do not touch it or pick it up – a special ceremony will need to be performed. Notify a member of the powwow staff immediately. Please note that photographing or recording the ceremony for recovering a fallen Eagle Feather is strictly forbidden.

Please show respect for special songs

It is customary to stand quietly and remove your hat when special songs are played such as the Grand Entry, Flag Songs, Veteran Songs, Memorial Songs, and Prayer Songs. Make sure to listen to the Emcee as they will announce these songs and any others that require a special level of respect.

Do NOT record songs without permission

All tape recordings must be done with the permission of the Master of Ceremonies and the Lead Singer.

Respect the Drum

Only those with permission of the Lead Singer may sit at the Drum. Maintain a respectful distance from the drum arbor. Never touch a drum unless given permission by the Head Singer.

Please do not point

Use your eyes to direct attention to a specific person or area, or give a nod of the head.

Please respect Mother Earth

Care and respect of the sacred circle extends, not only to respecting the arena, sacred objects and other dancers, but to the whole atmosphere, the ground themselves. Keeping the powwow Grounds clean is everyone's responsibility. Be responsible and discard waste in designated containers. A clean powwow is a respected powwow.

Be polite and aware of where you set up your chair

Guests typically set up their seating area behind the performers or designated seating area. Please do not sit in sections that are reserved for elders or drummers/singers.

Respect the sacred circle

After the blessing, the arena dance circle is considered sacred. Visitors should not enter the circle uninvited and children should be supervised and not allowed to run in or around the circle. Do not permit your children to enter the dancing circle unless they are dancing. Please do not walk across the arena dance circle after it has been blessed. At no time should pets be allowed in the dance arena. Only on certain occasions will a service animal be permitted in the arena with permission of the Emcee, or Arena Director.

Do join in the social dances and have fun

When invited by the emcee or performers, visitors may participate in some social and intertribal dances (the two Step, Blanket Dance, Honoring Songs, etc.). During these dances, you are welcome to join in and dance your heart out, but when not dancing, please be respectful and exit the circle accordingly.

Drugs, alcohol, and smoking are forbidden

Please refrain from this type of activity at the powwow and while on UC Davis grounds.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding proper etiquette feel free to contact the powwow committee at

Native American Culture Days

Monday, April 10 - Friday, April 14

Native American Culture Days calendar
Native American Culture Days calendar

NACD provides opportunities for campus and local Native communities to build connections to address social, cultural, historical and political issues Indigenous communities face. Native American Culture Days honors the cultures, traditions, contributions and hemispheric unity of Indgenous people of the Americas.

NACD and Powwow are programs of the Cross Cultural Center, funded by ASUCD, Office of Campus Community Relations, Student Affairs and partnerships with campus and community organizations. The Planning Committee is composed of student leaders of NASU, AIRR (American Indian Recruitment and Retention) and the CCC. The NACD and Powwow Student Coordinators facilitate weekly meetings. NACD and Powwow are possible thanks to collaborative partnerships with faculty, staff, departments, alumni, student organizations, and off-campus groups that enhance and support the overall program and build positive connections with a wide range of individuals and groups.

Associate Director Koby
Koby Rodriguez
Associate Director
Phone: (530) 752-7428
Student Coordinator Sarah
Sarah Livas
Powwow Coordinator
Office hours: M: 3-5pm | T: 9am-1:30pm
Student Coordinator Karli
Karli Quintana
Native American Culture Days Coordinator
Office hours: M: 3-5pm | F: 12-2pm
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