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Today's gathering is customarily called a "Pow-Wow". This title is fairly new to Indigenous people, only coming into use in the 1800's, popularized by the "Wild West" shows. However, there is sacredness to this tradition. Originally these gatherings were known to people as "Hey-Lush-Ka" Society Dance, of East LA College PowWow - Photo by: Derek Mathewshe Ponca Nation. This was a dance to honor the warriors who protected the people. When the Poncas were relocated to the Oklahoma Territory in 1870, they took the ceremony with them and introduced it to the other Nations in the area.

There is a circle in most dances representing the circle of unity, the circle of life. Dancers follow the clockwise motion of the sun. Some regalia or ornaments signify special events or honors in a persons life, spiritual tradition or perhaps a legend.

The gap between the Northern and Southern Indigenous people was established in 1848 by two foreign governments. Overnight there were Mexican Indians and American Indians. Many nations divided, many families were separated.

In reality, the people of the U.S. Southwest and Mexico's North are one in the same, sharing common and complete socioeconomic cultural and ecological area and identity. Therefore, our powwow acts as a way to exemplify this truth.

We at East LA College are proud to bring this tradition to you, adding another element for unifying and educating all people. Likewise, the Photo by: Derek Mathewspow wow is a wonderful experience and a great way to bring people together in an atmosphere of goodwill and cooperation. We are given an opportunity to share with the public the rich and beautiful native heritage of the North and South. It is another way to honor our future and embrace the original purpose. which was, and is, the protection of our people and our MOTHER EARTH. We honor our mothers of all our relations today and everyday.

This gathering is also a fun way to rise funds for MEXA scholarships and provide financial aid for the Iron Circle Nation.

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