, 2022-08-29 02:00:00,
As a child, Barona Band of Mission Indians vice president Beth Glasco grew up in the powwow circle.
She fondly remembers the first time she won a dance contest in the junior girls’ southern dress category and helped her family clean up the gathering grounds in Barona after the event each year. Even more pleasant memories come to mind when she thinks of being rewarded with a pizza party after completing the task.
“The powwow is the blessing of the community and it just encompasses their culture and their ceremony, the singing, the dancing and every aspect that unites them,” Glasco said.
Lauren J. Mapp in the San Diego News Fix:
Today, Glasco passes down the tradition of participating in the annual powwow to his four grandchildren, who range in age from 2 to 7.
This Labor Day weekend, she and the tribe will celebrate 50 years of hosting the annual free powwow, which Glasco says is the main event that brings tribal members and people from other parts of the region together each year.
Powwow visitors will be able to watch indigenous people from far and wide compete in dance competitions, sample traditional foods and shop from vendors making jewelry and other products. You will also see groups seated around large drums made of wood and leather, which the singers play simultaneously, representing the heartbeat of the community.
Throughout the weekend there will be special fantasy dance contests for men, switch dance (where dancers emulate the style of the opposite sex)…
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